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'We want to be the engine of growth'

IS Bindra, Principal Advisor to ICC, chats with Subhash Rajta on a range of issues, including working with ICC's CEO to BCCI's increasing financial clout.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2008 02:22 IST
Subhash Rajta

Inderjit Singh Bindra, Principal Advisor to the International Cricket Council (ICC), today cleared the air, saying he would have preferred the role of Principal Advisor to that of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I had indicated my choice well in advance…I had given interviews saying I had some logistic problems in my way of becoming the CEO. Moreover it would have required me to sever my ties with the Punjab Cricket Association,” said Bindra, who spoke on a range of issues.

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On working with CEO: Both of us are looking forward to working as a team. There is no area of conflict between his role and mine, which is largely in an advisory capacity. We have had a talk about it and he told me he would be happy to benefit from my experience and standing in the game.

On BCCI's alleged domination: We have never had any intention to rule to international cricket. In fact we have fought hard to bring in democratic polity in the ICC. Earlier, a president of the MCC, a club, used to be the president of the ICC and Australia and England had the veto powers. We fought for equality and managed to bring in democratic polity when Colin Cowdrey became the first elected ICC president in 1994. In that light, BCCI just can't be party to any domination, including it's own. But we will certainly use our financial clout to promote and popularise the game. We want to be the engine of growth for the game and that's exactly what we are doing through IPL.

On resentment against BCCI's increasing clout: There's absolutely no resentment against the BCCI amongst the ICC members. We have the full support of the ICC on IPL and other members too are standing by us. Even the ICC in its document says that every country wants a window of opportunity to play against India. People realise that 80 per cent of the ICC revenue comes from India and they are grateful for the way game is marketed in India. India is propelling and sustaining world cricket and the sport is surviving in many countries because of the way it's marketed in India.

On creating a window for IPL: We will request the ICC to create a separate window for the IPL only after we have launched the first edition. We want to see how it goes and whether we need to make changes in time due to the weather, how we can associate ECB with IPL. Once we sort out all these issues, the issue of creating a separate window can be taken up.

On the possibility of West Indians playing in the IPL without no-objection certificates: There is no way Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul can play in the IPL without a no-objection certificate from their board. We are absolutely certain in our view that in case of a conflict, international cricket will have supremacy over the IPL. Our commitment to international cricket is absolute and we won't harm it any way.

On Darell Hair’s reinstatement: We have no desire to ban anyone, we want to reform and rehabilitate. I don't think anyone doubted his umpiring credentials.