Roger Binny: 'Ideal opportunity to give back to the game'

Roger Binny, a member of India's 1983 World Cup-winning side, is now poised to return to cricket administration, as he contests for the KSCA president's post.

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Roger Binny has served cricket in various capacities, having been a national selector and a vice-president of the KSCA after his playing days. The former India all-rounder is now poised to return to cricket administration, as he contests for the KSCA president's post.

"Even after I retired, from the game and the Board as selector and from certain committees, I wanted to give back to the game and this is an ideal opportunity. More so, it is my home state and it makes me feel happier and proud," Binny said here on Saturday.

Relief

Binny, who is among the candidates backed by former secretary Brijesh Patel, was vice-president from 2007-12. Much has changed since, but the 64-year-old is hopeful of making a positive contribution.

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"There are a lot of changes since I played and coached. We have had the experience of the good days and bad days. Our job is to ensure that we put our best foot forward as Karnataka has always been one of the more organised and better associations in India. My main aim is to help lift the game. I will concentrate on cricket programmes and improving things on the field," he said.

With a KPL team owner recently arrested on charges of betting, anti-corruption steps would be on the agenda, Binny agreed.

"Definitely, we will have to look at everything seriously," he said. "It is not a good thing to be happening in the game. Fingers will be pointed not only at the players, but also at the KSCA, which is quite unfair as it is not in our hand. We have got people to do those jobs. It happened in Indian cricket and now the same is happening in Karnataka cricket, which is not good for us," he said.

The priority

Binny is an active man, with his passion for golf and wildlife, but cricket now looks set to take priority again.

"After finishing with cricket, it is important to keep some things going to keep you fresh," he laughed. "I took to wildlife, nature and golf as that is my passion. When I was an office-bearer, cricket came first. The other passions will be around, but cricket will be the priority," he concluded.