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Bindra calls it a day, finally

Calcutta: One of the most familiar faces of cricket administration in India finally called it a day on Saturday. Inderjit Singh Bindra decided to withdraw from cricket affairs, after nearly 36 eventful years as an administrator.

On Friday, though there was no confirmation from Bindra himself, it was reported in these columns that he was set to end his innings.

With Bindra stepping down as president of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), DP Reddy (PCA vice president and a senior IAS officer) has taken over with immediate effect from Saturday.

The PCA called an emergent executive committee meeting on Saturday, where the two decisions were taken. According to PCA secretary M P Pandove, the committee met to consider the request received from 72-year-old Bindra, regarding his unavailability to discharge the day-to-day responsibilities of PCA affairs and his inability to attend to the administrative works of the association. The new PCA stadium coming up in Mullanpur had also added to the workload.

Bindra requested them to make alternate arrangements so that the duties of the PCA president could be discharged effectively.

Pandove said the executive committee placed on record their immense appreciation for the work done by Bindra and unanimously decided to appoint 56-year-old DP Reddy as president.

The meeting also authorised Pandove to call an extraordinary general body meeting to make relevant amendments.

Bindra did not attend Saturday’s meeting.

Reddy is a financial commissioner, Excise and Taxation Department, in the Punjab government. He has been associated with the PCA since 1994.

Bindra had been at the helm of the PCA for years, and has also been a powerful president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The veteran administrator had also served as a principal advisor to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Bindra, along with Jagmohan Dalmiya, is considered a pioneer in marketing the game successfully.

The duo is also credited for bringing the 1996 World Cup to India.