Bindra mum on proposing Pawar's name

Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) president I S Bindra today remained non-committal on the issue of proposing NCP supremo Sharad Pawar's name as the North Zone candidate for the Cricket Board's presidentship.

"We have not received such a request so far (from Pawar or the Mumbai Cricket Association that he presides). As and when we receive such a request the Association will take a decision. PCA is a democratic body. There is no question of Bindra or some other individual taking a decision. Whenever a decision is made, it will be that of the Association members," he said.

The elections for the Board's office-bearers is due on September 29 when the incumbent, Jagmohan Dalmiya's tenure comes to an end. Should that request comes through, Bindra, a former BCCI president, will find himself once again playing a crucial role vis-a-vis Dalmiya, his former friend and foe.

While Dalmiya has been appointment as the BCCI's patron-in-chief till 2007 ahead of the elections, securing his hold on the richest sporting body in the country, the contest for the president's post has taken an intriguing turn with Pawar reportedly jumping into the fray.

The presidential chair, that has a tenure of three years, goes on a rotational basis among the five zones. The coming term is North Zone's turn but Pawar has decided to contest based on a nomination from one of the North Zone member states.

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