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Roger Binny set to replace Sourav Ganguly as BCCI chief, Jay Shah likely to continue as Secretary

Sports minister Anurag Thakur's younger brother Arun Singh Dhumal, who is currently the treasurer, will now become IPL chairman

(Left) Roger Binny and Sourav Ganguly (Right)

Roger Binny, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, on Tuesday, filed his nomination for the post of BCCI President and is likely to get the top job unopposed, Board Vice-President Rajeev Shukla said.

PTI reported that Binny, 67, is so far the only candidate to have filed a nomination for the post and if no more candidate emerges, he will replace Sourav Ganguly as BCCI chief when the Board holds its AGM in Mumbai on October 18.

After hectic parleys and back-channel discussions in the past one week, it was decided that Binny would be the 36th Board president, one of the sources familiar with the development, said.

Jay Shah, son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has also filed for nomination and will continue as BCCI Secretary for a second consecutive term if no more candidate throws his hat in the ring.

Shah is also expected to replace Ganguly as India's representative at the ICC Board.

"Roger Binny has filed nomination for president's post, myself for the vice-president's post, Jay Shah for secretary, Ashish Shelar for treasurer and Devajit Saikia has filed nomination for joint secretary's post," Shukla told reporters "Arun Dhumal will head the IPL governing council and Abhishek Dalmiya will be part of that council. Khairul Jamal (Mamun) Majumdar will be part of the Apex council. As of now these are the nominations and all are unopposed," Shukla added.

Wednesday is the last day for filing nominations. Candidates can withdraw their nomination by October 14. The final list of candidates for various positions will be published on October 15.

Hints were dropped that his name will emerge for a position when Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) named him as its representative at the BCCI AGM instead of secretary Santosh Menon. Binny is KSCA President and will have to leave his position in the state body.

The medium pacer was one of the architects of India's historic World Cup triumph in 1983. In eight games, he took 18 wickets, the highest in that edition of the prestigious tournament.

Binny has served as a member of the senior selection committee in the past when Sandeep Patil was the chairman.

According to a PTI report, sports minister Anurag Thakur's younger brother Arun Singh Dhumal, who is currently the treasurer, will now become IPL chairman. He will replace Brijesh Patel.

Maharashtra BJP leader Ashish Shelar will be the new treasurer which means that he won't become Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president. He was supposed to take up the role with support from the Sharad Pawar faction.

"Once he (Shelar) takes over as a treasurer, he will have to withdraw his nomination from MCA president's post," Shukla further informed.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's close aide Devajit Saikia is expected to replace Jayesh George as the new joint secretary.

Whether BCCI will contest for the ICC chairmanship hasn't been decided as yet. Shukla said it will be discussed during the AGM.

Ganguly refused IPL chairmanship.

The former India captain was keen to continue as BCCI President but he was told that there is no precedence of giving a second term to the Board president.

"Sourav was offered IPL chairmanship but he politely declined the offer. His logic was that he cannot accept becoming head of a sub-committee in BCCI after heading the same institution. He had expressed interest in continuing in the position," the BCCI source said.

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