Roger Binny was elected as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Thursday, winning by 943 votes to the 111 that his competitor MM Harish got. This is the former India allrounder’s third stint at the KSCA – he was a vice-president from 2007 to 2012 – and it will keep him in office until 2021-22.
Binny, 64, was part of the World Cup-winning side in 1983, finishing the tournament as the highest wicket-taker. He played 99 games for India (27 Tests and 72 ODIs) scoring a total of 1459 runs and picking up 124 wickets.
The Supreme Court of India had ordered all state associations in India to conduct elections by October 4. Several of them have announced their results but the KSCA is one of few to have chosen a cricketer as its president after former captains Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin took charge in Bengal and Hyderabad respectively. Saurashtra too have a former player as its chief – Jaydev Shah, who played over 100 first-class games. He is also the son of longtime cricket administrator Niranjan Shah.
This isn’t the first time a cricketer will be running things in Karnataka cricket, though. Anil Kumble was elected president of the state association in 2010, and his team included the likes of Javagal Srinath and Vijay Bharadwaj, as well as Binny. Brijesh Patel, too, has served in various capacities in the KSCA over the years. Additionally, this time, KSCA also has a former umpire as its joint secretary – Shavir Tarapore.