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Roger Binny: The All-In-One Cricket Personality Who Became BCCI President

Roger Binny, an 1983 ODI World Cup winner with India, succeeded Sourav Ganguly as the 36th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The 67-year-old is considered an all-in-one personality in Indian cricket, given he has effectively shone in his roles as a player, a coach, a team selector and an administrator.

An unopposed winning candidate to lead the world’s richest cricket board, Roger Binny’s appointment was celebrated by his peers and former teammates in the Indian cricket team.

Here we provide a profile on who the new BCCI president is and what makes him perhaps the perfect person to elevate the growth of Indian cricket for the next few years.

 

World Cup winner and dominant all-rounder

The first thought at the mention of Roger Binny is his part in India’s triumphant campaign at the 1983 ODI Cricket World Cup.

Binny finished as the leading wicket-taker in the competition (18 wickets), including the prized wicket of Sir Clive Lloyd in the final against the mighty West Indies of old.

Roger Binny’s reputation as a stalwart for India in his international career was mainly defined by his standout performances in the ODI team from 1983-87 and his native Karnataka team till 1991-92.

 

Winning coach

Years later, after winning an ICC trophy as a player, Roger Binny became one of the select few to win silverware in the shoes of a cricket coach.

Binny was the coach of the Indian team that won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2000. He oversaw the growth of talents such as Mohammad Kaif (captain) and Yuvraj Singh, who later became India greats in their respective careers.

His last known coaching assignment was taking over the reins of the Bengal Ranji cricket team in 2007.

 

The Administrator saga

Roger Binny’s short-lived stint as an Indian team selector (2012-2015) later opened the door to becoming the Karnataka Sports Cricket Association (KSCA) president in 2019.

His tenure, which ended after he was elected the BCCI’s new boss in 2022, saw Binny rescue KSCA from the sandstorm of the spot-fixing scandal in the Karnataka Premier League, to engineer the development of an all-new league ‘Maharaja T20’.

Over the years of his administrative career in cricket, Roger Binny is widely considered to be a ‘Gentle Giant’. Why? Because of his strong temperament and ability to work out an effective solution without much fuss.

Being one of the three Test-playing full-time BCCI presidents, besides predecessor Sourav Ganguly and Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram, Binny’s immediate tasks include enforcing the equilibrium between red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket in India.

A formidable challenge preceding his previous roles in a cricket office, Roger Binny is widely tipped by his peers to steer Indian cricket in a positive direction in his three-year term as the 36th BCCI president.

 

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