Roger Binny Succeeds Sourav Ganguly As BCCI President
Roger Binny, the highest wicket-taker of India’s triumphant 1983 Word Cup campaign, was officially elected as the 36th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India
Binny replaces former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Binny, 67, was the only candidate to have filed a nomination for the BCCI president’s post.
Binny replaced former India captain Sourav Ganguly
Binny replaced former India captain Sourav Ganguly, whose three-year tenure as the board chief came to end. Ganguly will now contest for the Cricket Association of Bengal top post.
The other BCCI office bearers, who were elected unanimously include secretary Jay Shah, Ashish Shelar (treasurer), Rajeev Shukla (vice-president), and Devajit Saikia (joint secretary). Outgoing treasurer Arun Dhumal will be the new IPL chairman as Birjesh Patel will turn 70 next month. The election of the new set of office-bearers was a formality as all were elected unopposed.
“Sourav was offered IPL chairmanship but he politely declined the offer. His logic was that he cannot accept becoming head of a sub-committee in BCCI after heading the same institution. He had expressed interest in continuing in the position,” the BCCI source said.
Binny, who represented India in 27 Tests and 72 ODIs, has also served as a member of the national selection committee.
Binny, in his recent stint, was the Karnataka State Cricket Association President and will now leave his position in the state body. The medium pacer was one of the architects of India’s historic World Cup triumph in 1983. In eight games, he took 18 wickets, the highest in that edition of the prestigious tournament.
Roger Binny- The 1983 World Cup hero
Binny was the first Anglo-Indian of Scottish origin to play cricket for India. His son, Stuart Binny, followed in his footsteps, having played state cricket for the Karnataka cricket team, and international cricket for the India national cricket team.
Roger Binny, as he is known, was a cricketing all-rounder who is best known for his impressive bowling performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup where he was the highest wicket-taker (18 wickets), and in the 1985 World Series Cricket Championship in Australia where he repeated this feat (17 wickets).