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Roger Binny elected BCCI president, takes over from Ganguly

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World Cup winner Roger Binny was on Tuesday elected as the 36th president of the BCCI, taking over from Sourav Ganguy to run the world’s richest cricket board but the sports body’s AGM concluded without any discussion on the ICC Chairmanship.

Binny, 67, was elected unopposed at the BCCI AGM (Annual general Meeting) here alongside Jay Shah, who was re-elected as the secretary for a second successive term.

The other office bearers who were elected unopposed included treasurer Ashish Shelar, vice-president Rajeev Shukla and joint secretary Devjit Saikia.

Binny, who played 27 Tests and 72 ODIs for India, takes charge ahead of the ODI World Cup in India next year.

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However, the issue of the chairmanship of International Cricket Council (ICC) remained unsettled and the new set of office bearers will take a call on the issue.

The observers keenly waited for the outcome of the AGM but the BCCI chose not to take a decision on the issue which is being discussed even in political corridors.

Kolkata Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee had recently appealed that Ganguly be allowed to contest the ICC polls after the former India captain denied a second term as BCCI President.

The next ICC chairman will be elected during the board meeting in Melbourne next month but it seems that incumbent Greg Barclay will continue in the role for his second successive term.

“As far as India’s representative to the ICC is concerned, it will be decided by the office-bearers. There was no discussion on the ICC chairmanship. Only matters on the agenda were discussed,” a state unit official who attended the AGM told PTI.

It is unlikely that the BCCI will nominate its own candidate for the ICC chairman’s position, with the October 20 nomination deadline approaching.

New IPL chairman

Outgoing treasurer Arun Dhumal was elected in the IPL governing council alongside Avishek Dalmiya. Dhumal has become the new IPL chairman, replacing Brijesh Patel.

“The members of the General Body appreciated the efforts of the outgoing office bearers, IPL Governing Council Chairman and members, and Councillors for the work undertaken in their term,” said the BCCI in a statement.

MKJ Majumdar was elected in the BCCI Apex Council as the representative of the General Body.

Women’s IPL

The General Body also approved the inaugural Women’s IPL which will consist of five teams and will be held in March.

“How the teams will be sold and how the tournament will be conducted will be decided by the GC shortly,” said a source.



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