BCCI chief says Bindra playing political game

Published: Monday, November 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chandigarh:Joining the raging war of words between two of his predecessors, Cricket Board President Ranbir Singh Mahendra today accused I S Bindra of playing a "political game" in suggesting Jagmohan Dalmiya had conspired the exit of Sourav Ganguly.

"Everybody knows that Bindra is into this habit. He is only playing a political game and nothing else," Mahendra, a staunch Dalmiya supporter, told PTI.

Bindra, who currently heads Punjab Cricket Association, has made a string of accusations against Dalmiya in a recent write-up posted on the PCA website which has ruffled the cricketing circles.

Mahendra said with the Board elections due later this month, it was anybody's guess why Bindra had chosen this time for his outbursts.

The BCCI chief refused to comment when asked if someone could have asked Bindra to make such comments but added that such utterances by a former Board president would not do any good to Indian cricket.

He agreed with Dalmiya that Bindra's remarks would only disrupt Ganguly's focus as he attempts to make a comeback to the side.

Chairman of Selectors, Kiran More also refuted Bindra's charges pertaining to selection matters.

On Bindra's allegation that four of the five selectors reported to Kolkata for instructions, More told PTI, "let him (Bindra) say whatever he wants to say".

More refused to comment further saying he did not want to get involved in a war of words with the PCA chief.

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