India has robust bench strength: Manohar

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Nagpur: India's triumph in the inaugural Twenty20 Cricket World Cup was evidence that the team has robust bench strength, Shashank Manohar, the new President-elect of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has said.

Speaking to reporters here late last evening, Manohar said that the title win was a befitting answer to those who thought India did not have proper bench strength. ''You can put the team's bench strength to the test only by giving the youngsters a chance.

The younger lot got the opportunity at the Twenty20 tournament, and they proved their mettle,'' he said.

Asserting that the Indian Cricket League (ICL) would not pose a threat to BCCI, Mr Manohar said the present team of office-bearers was competent to tackle the issue. ''I am confident that the Board will have resolved the matter by the time I take over as President in September 2008,'' he said.

Manohar was given a rousing reception by supporters on his arrival here by air from Mumbai late last evening. It was, in fact, a triple treat for family and friends since the formal announcement of his appointment as the BCCI President-elect came a day before he celebrates his 50th birthday today, and a day after the birthday on Thursday of his wife Varsha Manohar.

Currently the President of Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), Manohar was Vice President of BCCI till his elevation to the newly created post. A lawyer by profession, Manohar is the son of legal luminary V R Manohar. The senior Manohar said he was proud to be the father of an illustrious son.


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