Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly reacted to the appointment of Roger Binny as the new president of India’s apex cricket board on Tuesday. Former India captain, Ganguly served the BCCI as the board president for three years. And, former Team India cricketer Binny officially replaced Ganguly as the new president of the BCCI at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai as well.
Extending his best wishes to him, Sourav Ganguly said that the new office-bearers are committed to taking the legacy forward. While sharing his first reaction after being replaced by Binny at the BCCI, he shared that the apex cricket board of India is in great hands as well.
“I wish Roger (Binny) all the best. The new group will take this forward. BCCI is in great hands. Indian cricket is strong so I wish them all the luck,” Ganguly told news agency ANI on Tuesday. However, his remarks came at a time when BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that Team India will not travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023.
“Neutral venue for Asia Cup is not unprecedented and we have decided that we will not travel to Pakistan. It’s the govt which decides over the permission of our team visiting Pakistan so we won’t comment on that but for the 2023 Asia Cup, it is decided that the tournament will be held at a neutral venue,” said BCCI secretary Shah, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) as well.
With a reported net worth of $2 billion, BCCI has appointed Binny as its 36th president. While Binny replaced Ganguly to become the new president, Shah earned another term in the office as the secretary of the BCCI as well.
On the other hand, Roger Binny was a prominent face in Indian cricket. A veteran Karnataka State Cricket Association office-bearer, a coach and a national selector, Binny was also a member of India’s world cup winning team. In 2000, Binny tasted World Cup success again, as coach of India’s Under-19 team under Mohammad Kaif’s captaincy.
“The BCCI gave me the opportunity, I took it because cricket administration is up my alley. I don’t have any hassles, I am an easy going person. If I like something and I think it needs to be done I will do it. But I stay away from controversy and things where there is trouble. I don’t like people who create controversies,” he was quoted as saying to Indian Express.
However, it will be interesting to see how he excels in his new role.