Roger Binny, the former Indian cricketer and World Cup winner, has today (October 18) been announced as the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) national governing body, replacing Sourav Ganguly in the role.

Binny was elected unopposed for a three-year term during the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI in Mumbai, India, where Jay Shah was also re-elected as secretary of the organization.

Other officials who were elected unopposed include treasurer Ashish Shelar, vice president Rajeev Shukla and joint secretary Devjit Saikia.

In a statement, the BCCI said: “The members of the general body appreciated the efforts of the outgoing office bearers, IPL governing council chairman and members, and councilors for the work undertaken in their term.”

Ganguly had initially been tipped to earn a second term as president, but reports have said he was forced out due to his refusal to join India’s ruling party.

Binny, who was part of India’s historic 1983 World Cup-winning side, will assume the new role immediately and takes charge ahead of the One Day International World Cup in India next year.  

He has served in different positions at the Karnataka State Cricket Association over the years, becoming the organization’s president in 2019. He has served as a member of the BCCI selection panel since 2012.

Meanwhile, at the same AGM, the BCCI approved a women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, with the inaugural edition like to begin in March 2023.

The tournament will reportedly feature five teams and a total of 22 matches. Each squad is allowed 18 players, with a maximum of six from overseas.

In the playing 11, a maximum of five overseas players will be permitted – four from full member countries and one from an associate nation.

In August, it was reported the BCCI had earmarked a window from late February to March 2023 for the inaugural women’s edition of the franchise tournament – between the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa from February 9 to 26 and the men’s IPL that has been scheduled (tentatively) between March 25 to May 28.

The Women's IPL will follow on from the Women's Hundred in the UK and the Women's Big Bash League in Australia as major domestic tournaments for female cricketers.

The board will also issue a tender for the media rights to the competition.

In June, the auction of TV and digital rights for the 2023-27 cycle of the IPL concluded with the four available rights packages bought for $6.2 billion, with the deal worth 196% more than the last rights agreement, struck in 2017 by Star and its digital affiliate Hotstar and covering the 2018-22 cycle, which amounted to $2.55 billion.

Pay-television Star retained domestic TV rights in the Indian subcontinent while Viacom18 secured domestic digital rights and international rights.

The appetite for women’s cricket in India and a women’s IPL has hit a high following a sequence of good performances by the Indian team in global competitions in recent years. Earlier this year, the team won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.

The national team also reached the final of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the 2017 Women’s World Cup, while India has been awarded hosting rights to the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2025.