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Ganguly dismissed as BCCI chief for refusing to join ruling political party

MUMBAI (Reuters) – World Cup winner Roger Binny was named head of the Indian Cricket Council – the sport’s wealthiest body – on Tuesday to replace Sourav Ganguly after he was reportedly sent off. in a political fight.

Binny, 67, was elected chairman at a meeting of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) in Mumbai, where secretary Jay Shah won another term, deputy chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters.

BCCI, which has a reported net worth of $2 billion, has been in chaos and there have been a host of legal cases involving the powerful organization.

Bangalore-born Binny, who was part of India’s historic 1983 World Cup-winning side, takes the place of Ganguly, widely regarded as one of cricket’s greatest captains.

Ganguly, 50, was originally tipped to win a second term as president, but reports said he was sacked because he refused to join India’s ruling BJP party.

Ganguly is widely regarded as one of India’s greatest captains and has been in charge of the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the past three years.

But Ganguly, 50, reportedly refused to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Thus, the winner of the 1983 World Cup, Roger Binny, has submitted his candidacy to replace Ganguly and will probably be elected unopposed next week, deputy chairman of the board of directors, Rajeev Shukla, told the press.

Politicians from Ganguly’s home state of West Bengal claimed the former drummer had been deported.

It was a “political vendetta” by the government, opposition MP Santanu Sen said on Twitter.

“We are with you Dada!” he added, referring to Ganguly by his nickname.

Ganguly’s political allegiance has been a regular source of media speculation in recent months and the country’s interior minister, Amit Shah, visited him at his home earlier this year.

India’s top court recently relaxed a rule that barred sports officials from consecutive terms in the same position, clearing the way for Shah’s son Jay – the BCCI secretary – and Ganguly to seek reappointment.

The BJP denied any involvement in the impending board vote and accused its opponents of politicizing the issue.

“Sourav Ganguly is a cricketing legend. Some people are now shedding crocodile tears over the BCCI changes,” said party deputy chairman Dilip Ghosh.

Current BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, younger brother of the country’s sports minister, Anurag Thakur, is set to be elected president of the Indian Premier League.