NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Roger Binnymember of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, filed his candidacy for the post of BCCI president on Tuesday and is expected to get the top job without opposition, said board vice-chairman Rajeev Shukla .
Binny, 67, is so far the only candidate to apply for the post and if no other candidate comes forward, he will replace Sourav Ganguly as head of BCCI when the board holds its meeting general in Mumbai on October 18.
After heated talks and behind-the-scenes discussions over the past week, it has been decided that Binny will be the 36th chairman of the board, one of the sources familiar with the development said.
Jay Shahson of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has also submitted his candidacy and will continue as BCCI secretary for a second consecutive term if no more candidates throw their hats in the ring.

Shah is also expected to replace Ganguly as India’s representative on the all-powerful ICC board.
“Roger Binny has submitted a candidacy for the post of president, myself for the post of vice-president, Jay Shah for the post of secretary, Ashish Shelar for the post of treasurer and Devajit Saikia has submitted a candidacy for the post of joint secretary,” he said. Shukla told reporters.
“Arun Dhumal will lead the IPL board and Abhishek Dalmiya will be on that board. Khairul Jamal (Mamun) Majumdar will be on the Apex board. So far, these are the nominations and all are unopposed,” Shukla added.
Wednesday is the last day for submitting applications. Candidates can withdraw their application before October 14. The final list of candidates for the various positions will be published on October 15.
Binny, however, is a surprise choice to lead BCCI.

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However, hints were hinted that his name would emerge for a position when the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) nominated him as its representative at the BCCI AGM instead of secretary Santosh Menon. Binny is the chairman of KSCA and will have to leave his post in the state body.
The average pacer was one of the architects of India’s historic World Cup triumph in 1983. In eight games, he bagged 18 wickets, the highest in that edition of the prestigious tournament.
Binny has been a member of the senior selection committee in the past when Sandeep Patil was the chair. Whenever the name of his son Stuart Binny was discussed for selection in the Indian team, he recused himself from the proceedings.
“Roger is one of the finest human beings and a complete gentleman, who graced the pitch for India. Moreover, he is also a World Cup hero and has an impeccable image. He had resigned from the committee of selection after the Lodha committee pointed out a conflict of interest,” a BCCI source said.
The only congressman from the BCCI cabinet would be Shukla, who will continue as vice president, if elected.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur’s younger brother, Arun Singh Dhumal, who is currently the Treasurer, will now become the IPL President. He will replace Brijesh Patel.
Influential Maharashtra BJP leader Ashish Shelar will be the new treasurer, which means he will not become president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). He was supposed to take on the role with the support of the Sharad Pawar faction.
“Once he (Shelar) takes over as Treasurer, he will have to withdraw his appointment as President of MCA,” Shukla further advised.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s close aide Devajit Saikia is expected to replace Jayesh George as the new joint secretary.
BCCI’s candidacy for the presidency of the ICC has not yet been decided. Shukla said that would be discussed at the AGM.
Ganguly turned down the IPL presidency
Ganguly, who reached Mumbai on Monday evening, had numerous meetings with stakeholders in New Delhi last week.
The former India captain was keen to continue as chairman of BCCI but was told there was no precedent for giving the chairman of the board a second term.

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“Sourav was offered the chairmanship of the IPL but he politely declined the offer. His logic was that he could not agree to become head of a BCCI sub-committee after leading the same institution He had expressed interest in continuing to hold this position,” the BCCI source said. said.
In the case of Dhumal, the decision makers waited for Ganguly to take a call for the IPL presidency and once he refused, they decided to promote the Himachal man, who is one of the most effective men in the BCCI firm.
With Ganguly stepping out of the picture, Eastern representation was always going to be Assam CM Biswa Sarma’s call as he played a key role even last time out.



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