Roger Binny set to replace Sourav Ganguly as BCCI president

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BCCI president Roger Binny: Roger Binny, the former India allrounder, is set to become the new BCCI president, replacing Sourav Ganguly, who is not expected to have a position in the board any longer. Binny will assume charge on October 18, when the BCCI annual general meeting will be held, in Mumbai.

Jay Shah, son of India’s home minister Amit Shah, will continue as BCCI secretary, the most influential position in the board. Rajiv Shukla will also stay on as the board’s vice-president.

Along with Binny, there will be two first-timers in the new administration: Ashish Shelar, who served as Mumbai Cricket Association president between 2017 and 2019, will be the treasurer, and Devajit Saikia, currently secretary at Assam Cricket Association, will be the joint secretary.

Another key appointment is that of Arun Dhumal, who is set to take over as the new IPL chairman, a post held since 2019 by Brijesh Patel, the former India batter, who will be forced to vacate the seat as he turns 70 soon [on November 24]. That is the maximum permitted age limit for an office bearer or administrator in the BCCI’s constitution.

Dhumal, who became a BCCI functionary during the Ganguly administration, is the brother of former board president Anurag Thakur, the current sports and youth affairs minister in India’s central government.

Binny, 67, has a lot of experience in cricket administration. He has served in different positions at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) over the years, and has been its president since 2019. Prior to that, Binny also was part of the KSCA administrations led by Patel and Anil Kumble (2010-12).

The age-cap rule, which has led to end of Patel’s run, will also restrict 1983 World Cup-winner Binny’s tenure to one term of three years.

Re-elections for all the posts of BCCI are set to be held soon. The election for the post of BCCI President is scheduled to be held on October 18 in Mumbai. According to reports, former India cricketer Roger Binny is the frontrunner to replace the present BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

Roger Binny was a member of the team that won the first ODI World Cup in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. He hails from Karnataka and his son Stuart Binny has also played international cricket for Team India. 

The candidates will have to file their nominations on October 11 and 12. It will be followed by scrutiny of nomination papers on October 13. The nominations can be withdrawn till the 14th. If there are more than two claimants, then the voting will take place on the 18th of October. 

According to sources, BCCI secretary Jay Shah is also not in the race to become the president, but he will contest again for the same post i.e. secretary.

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