Former India all-rounder is set to replace Sourav Ganguly as the president of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). The 67 year old will assume his responsibilities when the organisation holds their annual general meeting in Mumbai.
Jay Shah will continue as secretary, whilst Rajiv Shukla will remain in the position of vice-president of the board.
It follows the conclusion of the nomination process from which Ganguly had emerged as the big loser. He had hoped to continue in the role – one of the most powerful in world cricket – but was left out in the cold by the BCCI members, some of whom apparently welcomed the chance to rid themselves of him.
His loss of office may also damage his chances of becoming ICC Chair, the election for which is coming up next month.
Why Ganguly fell out of favour
Although the official reason given for the change is that there has been no precedent for a BCCI president serving two terms, a recent Supreme Court ruling had paved the way for this by ameliorating some of the key findings of the Lodha Committee, which was set up in 2015 to make recommendations as to how the BCCI should be run. The principal change was to abolish the rule that any office holder who had held any previous post for two consecutive terms should not be eligible for re-election without a three year cooling off period first.
However, there are underlying factors behind his departure, with many members feeling his performance was not up to scratch. A particular issue that has caused concern is how he has upset spo0nsors of the Indian T20 league by endorsing rival brands, much to their displeasure.
He also has a strained relationship with the Indian media which dates back to the days when he was national team captain. It meant that, when the knives came out for him, there was no shortage of candidates willing to push the blades.
As to what he might do next, it has been suggested that he could take up a position with the Indian T20 franchise, the Delhi Capitals, as a director.
Binny was the first Anglo-Indian of Scottish origin to play international cricket for India. The all-rounder is best remembered for his efforts at the 1983 World Cup, when an Indian side, captained by Kapil Dev, lifted the trophy for the first time, beating the West Indies in the final at Lord’s. He was the highest wicket taker in that tournament.
He would play 27 tests in all and 72 ODIs, finishing his career with 124 international wickets and nearly 1,500 runs to his name.
His son Stuart has also played international cricket for India.
Since retiring from playing, he has moved into cricket administration, serving in various positions with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). He has served as their President since 2019.
He will, though, only be a one term president. He is now 67 years old, and an age cap rule will prevent him in turn seeking re-election.
Why is the BCCI so powerful
The BCCI was established in 1928 and is responsible for all cricketing events in India – including both international and domestic competitions for both men and women. It owes its supremacy in the world game to television and the money that began to pour into the game in the late 1990s. With the largest population of any major cricket playing nation, India generates more money from broadcast rights than any other country, and, therefore, the BCCI is richer than equivalent national boards.
And the growth and continued popularity of the Indian T20 league has served to strengthen their grip and influence further. It means, for example, when they want to extend the length of the T20 league, despite an increasingly crowded cricket calendar, they get their way.
They are not popular
Despite their wealth, the BCCI is not popular with many fans, who feel that there is a certain corruption about the organisation and that facilities for people who actually attend matches in India remain poor. And players are unhappy about the way that they prevent them playing in other overseas franchise leagues in order to preserve the “brand value” of the Indian T20 league.
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