What he said:
“It’s such a frustrating scenario: One can’t become the chief minister, but one can still become the prime minister! “
IS Bindra, former president of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), is acerbic about the current farcical situation; Narayanswamy Srinivasan is unable to preside over the BCCI pending a Supreme Court judgment yet is chairman of the ICC.
The outspoken former BCCI chief recently stepped down as head of the PCA.
“I haven’t made it easier for Srini … In fact, I’m free to blog and tweet exactly what I want… My hands aren’t tied now…”
On his retirement:
“I’d reached a stage where I felt I couldn’t do anything for cricket in India…
Also, I didn’t want the PCA to suffer because of my strong views on Srini. Mohali should have got a Test against the West Indies, but didn’t. Yet, there are affiliates of the Board who keep getting international matches out of turn…
I’ve helped build the PCA and I’m passionate about it. I couldn’t have allowed it to be penalised because of my convictions. I’ve always respected the primacy of institutions…
Above all, there comes a time in everyone’s life when one has to gracefully retire and move on after having been at the helm of an institution. I couldn’t have been at the PCA forever.”
On Jagmohan Dalmiya:
“I’d expected Jaggu to join me in the fight to oust Srini, but he didn’t do so. It’s for him to explain why. I’m as disappointed with quite a few of the others in the Board who, too, have chosen to stay quiet.”
On Srinivasan’s chances of returning as Board president if the Supreme Court fails to bar him:
“If that’s so, then Srini will win. Who’ll oppose him? For one reason or the other, I don’t see any opposition. Not when the men with influence are silent. I’ve retired as an administrator, but my love for cricket remains undiminished. I’ll gun for whoever tries to harm the game in India. You can be assured.”
What he really meant:
“It’s like you can be President but you can’t be governor. Or you can volunteer but you can’t work.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Let’s play musical chairs with the Supreme Court, the Pied Piper.”
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