Roger Binny, the former India World Cup winner, replaced Sourav Ganguly as the 36th president of the Indian cricket board on October 18, Monday. The news, however, was incoming as reports were claiming the exit of the former India skipper as the president ahead of the announcement.
Reportedly, Ganguly was not supported to continue as the president of the Indian cricket board and Binny, who was the only person to file the nomination, was ‘unopposed’ for the position. Indian Express went on to report that the Kolkata-born did not receive support to file a nomination for the Chairmanship of Cricket’s governing body as well.
A source from the Indian cricket board, earlier said that Ganguly was offered the post of Chairman of the Indian T20 League. However, the Indian giant had rejected it citing the role was smaller as compared to the presidential chair in the Indian cricket board.
“Sourav was offered Indian T20 League chairmanship but he politely declined the offer. His logic was that he cannot accept becoming head of a sub-committee in Indian cricket board after heading the same institution. He had expressed interest in continuing in the position,” the source was quoted as saying by NDTV earlier.
The rise of new era in India
The appointment of Binny as the president could potentially be the dawn of a new era in Indian cricket. The team headed by Ganguly received a lot of criticism and many opined that the outgoing president deserved the treatment as he was blamed for mistreating Virat Kohli.
Binny, who is holding the position of Karnataka State Cricket Association President, will now leave the post to take the baton from Ganguly. Jay Shah will continue as the secretary while Ashish Shelar will be the treasurer. Rajeev Shukla the current vice president, will carry on with his stint and Devajit Saikia will be the joint secretary.
Ganguly had earlier said that he would go on to do greater things in life during a Bandhan Bank event. Commenting on the rumours, the left-handed batter hinted at the exit and said that he would look to make the most of what comes next.
“I have been an administrator and I will move on to something else. Whatever you do in life the best days are when you played for India. I have been president of Indian cricket board and I will go on to do bigger things. You can’t be a player forever, you can’t be an administrator forever. It’s been great doing both,” Ganguly said earlier in the event.