Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Roger Binny is set to succeed Sourav Ganguly as president of BCCI. According to various media reports, it has been confirmed that Binny will submit his nomination papers for the top position of BCCI and will officially take up the post on October 18 after the AGM meeting in Mumbai.
Here’s what we know about the rather enigmatic former cricket star who prefers to keep a low profile.
Who is Roger Binny
Roger Michael Humphrey Binny was born on July 19, 1955, in Bangalore and is of Scottish descent. He is the first Anglo-Indian to play for the Indian cricket team internationally.
Binny made his ODI debut on December 6, 1980, against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. He made his Test debut on November 21, 1979, against Pakistan at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
He represented Karnataka in domestic cricket, moreover, he was also the first from the Anglo-Indian community to play cricket for India. He played 27 tests for India and collected 47 wickets. Additionally, he played 72 ODIs, collecting 77 wickets.
Binny, 67, has a lot of experience managing cricket. He has held different positions with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) over the years, serving as its president since 2019. Prior to that, Binny was also part of the KSCA administrations led by Patel and Anil Kumble. (2010-12). .
In his 27 test matches, Binny took 47 wickets and scored 230 runs, while in 72 ODIs he picked 77 wickets. He acted as the coach of the Bengal team in the Ranji Trophy.
He had also been part of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. He was also the coach of India’s U-19 World Cup winning team in 2000. He has coached current cricket superstars like Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif.
Ganguly A Victim of ‘Political Vendetta’, Alleges TMC
The controversy over the election of the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) is not taking its name stop. There is talk of choosing Roger Binny as the new President at the BCCI Annual General Meeting on 18 October.
But before this election, politics heated up on the matter. Trinamool Congress alleges that BJP is ‘trying to humiliate Sourav Ganguly’ because he did not join BJP. Therefore, he is not being given the post of President again.
Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen said, “Home Minister Amit Shah had come to Sourav Ganguly’s house for dinner. He wanted Ganguly to join BJP. Sourav Ganguly was asked many times to join BJP, but he did not join BJP and since he belongs to Mamata Banerjee’s state, he probably had to pay for it.
BJP MP Dilip Ghosh said, “TMC people are raising questions and these people only do politics. Bengal was once at the forefront of the game. Where is Bengal in the game today? Cricket, football… where we found a cricketer like Sourav, where is that cricket today. How many cricketers are there in the national team today? Those who never raised their voice for Saurav are shedding tears for him today. His term is over. What is the need for so much politics in that.”
TMC says it is an example of “political vendetta” that Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah will begin his second term as BCCI secretary, but Ganguly cannot do so as its president.
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