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BCCI AGM: Binny replaces Ganguly as BCCI president; India not to travel to Pak for Asia Cup 2023

BCCI AGM 2022 Highlights: Roger Binny replaces Sourav Ganguly as 36th BCCI President; India not to travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2023. Women's IPL, Senior Men & Women Future Tour Programs (FTP) approved in AGM.

BCCI AGM 2022_ Roger Binny elected as 36th president of BCCI (Photo_ ©TOI_Twitter)
Roger Binny replaces Sourav Ganguly as BCCI president (Photo: ©TOI/Twitter)

The 91st Annual General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was held on October 18, 2022 in Mumbai where former India all-rounder and member of 1983 Cricket World Cup champions squad, Roger Binny replaced ex-president Sourav Ganguly.

The 67-year-old Binny who was a coach and a former national selector had stints with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) before taking over as its president in 2019. With 18 wickets, he was the highest wicket-taker for India in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

“I wish Roger Binny all the best, the new group will take this forward; the BCCI is in great hands, Indian team is strong and so, I wish them all the luck,” Ganguly said.

Roger Binny elected as BCCI's 36th President replaced Sourav Ganguly from the post. (Photo: ©AFP_Getty)
Roger Binny elected as BCCI's 36th President (Photo: ©AFP/Getty)

Improving pitches and reducing injuries primary aims of Binny

On his first day in the new position, Roger Binny wasted no time in drawing out his future plans where he wanted to ‘get to the bottom’ when it comes to injuries sustained by players and figuring out how could this issue be resolved in the upcoming days.

“We will look to improve on what we can do to reduce injuries to players,” Binny informed in an informal chat with members of the media. “Players getting frequently injured is a concern, and we wish to get to the bottom of it all and see how it can be changed for the better,” he stressed, saying that they have got some excellent doctors and trainers at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, but the players must improve their recovery processes.

It is notable that India have used almost 40 players in this year across formats; few of the omissions and additions have been because of the high number of games India play where different series are taking place at the same time, but most of these replacements have been because of injuries. India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah and key all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja won’t be a part of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia because of stress injury and surgery on the right knee whereas Deepak Chahar who just completed his rehab at the NCA a few months ago has again been ruled of the competition as a reserve player.

Other than dealing with the issues, Binny promised to improve pitches used for the domestic cricket in India where there will be much more grass which will allow batters to prepare for overseas games. “There needs to be more life in the wickets at home, so that our teams would not have the problem of adjusting when travelling abroad - like in Australia, where there is more pace and bounce.”

Binny was also very keen on improving the fan experience at the games by developing the stadium infrastructure across the country.

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