Former cricketer Roger Binny has been elected as the 36th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India at the Annual General Meeting of India’s top cricket body. He replaces Sourav Ganguly, who held the post since 2019.
The 91st Annual General Meeting of the BCCI was held in Mumbai. Notably, Binny was the only candidate to have filed a nomination for the top post.
Jay Shah, son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, will continue for a second term as the secretary of the Board, and Rajeev Shukla also retains his post as vice-president.
Binny, 67, represented India in 27 Test matches and 72 ODIs. He was one of the architects of India’s 1983 World Cup triumph and president of Karnataka State Cricket Association. He previously served as a member of the BCCI selection committee.
He is the third Test cricketer to head the BCCI after Maharaja of Vizianagaram and Sourav Ganguly, whose term ended at the BCCI AGM.
Binny was elected unopposed at the AGM. It was also decided that BJP MLA Ashish Shelar would succeed Arun Dhumal as treasurer of the BCCI. Dhumal has been appointed as the next chairman of the Indian Premier League.
The general body also approved the launch of the Women’s Indian Premier League, which is set to begin in 2023.
No discussion on ICC chairmanship
However, there was no discussion on the chairmanship of International Cricket Council (ICC). The next ICC chairman will be elected during the board meeting in Melbourne next month.
“As far as India’s representative to the ICC is concerned, it will be decided by the office-bearers. There was no discussion on the ICC chairmanship. Only matters on the agenda were discussed,” a state unit official who attended the AGM told PTI.
It is unlikely that the BCCI will nominate its own candidate for the ICC chairman’s position, with the October 20 nomination deadline approaching.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)