The Board of Control for Cricket in India picked Roger Binny, a 1983 World Cup winner, to take Sourav Ganguly’s place as chairman. The 67-year-old was selected without opposition at the BCCI AGM (Annual General Meeting) in Mumbai, while Jay Shah was re-elected to serve a second term as the organization’s secretary. Soon after being chosen as the BCCI chairman, Binny delivered a passionate speech in which he mentioned Jasprit Bumrah and laid out his strategy.

Binny, a veteran of 72 ODIs and 27 Tests, will take the reins of command before the ODI World Cup, which will be contested in India in 2019. The two main topics he wants to focus on right now are already known to him.

In an interview with ANI, Binny said that he was in charge of halting the rise in player injuries, using Bumrah as an example. According to Binny, the ace bowler’s back ailment just before the 2022 T20 World Cup completely derailed India’s strategy for Australia.

“As BCCI President, I want to draw special emphasis to two things. The first concern is keeping players safe. Jasprit Bumrah had an injury just before the World Cup, which affects the whole plan.

Before the World Cup, India also lost Bumrah and Deepak Chahar to injuries. More significant than the illness itself was the fact that Chahar had just recently returned from a prior injury for which he had missed the IPL and all of India’s summer campaign. Chahar suffered his third injury so far this year. Binny also wants to improve the pitches around the country.

I want to focus on the national pitches second. There must be more life in the wickets at home, he said, so that our teams wouldn’t need to acclimate when traveling abroad, like to Australia, where there is more pace and bounce.