Punjab, India (4E Sports) – After playing a pivotal role in India’s hosting of three World Cups, Inderjit Singh Bindra announced his withdrawal from running cricket affairs of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).
The move is seen as Bindra’s first step to hand over the reins of the PCA to fellow-Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer D.P. Reddy.
Bindra, a former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), admitted that he has overstayed a couple of years, maintaining that he would be quitting cricket administration when he turns 70.
“I am happy I am withdrawing from day-to-day running of the PCA affairs when the wonderful band of my colleagues still wants me to stay on,” Bindra said.
Bindra will officially inform PCA of his decision when the executive committee meets Saturday in Chandigarh.
Reddy, PCA vice-president and a principal secretary in the Punjab government, has been a key PCA official for a number of years.
Bindra said he would like the transition to be smooth and for that this is the best time for him to leave the PCA administration in good hands when everything was going well.
“Come to think of it, I have spent 37 years as PCA president and I will be leaving a satisfied man with absolutely no regrets,” Bindra said.
“I don’t think you can come across such a lovable team to work with and every Test, One Day international or Indian Premier League (IPL) game played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali was conducted with the same zeal and enthusiasm,” he added.