When Pranab Mukherjee turned down offer to head BCCI

Delivering the first NKP Salve Memorial Address at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Mukherjee said he proposed the name of his friend and fellow Congress leader Salve in his place and the suggestion was accepted.

updated: February 16, 2013 19:31 IST
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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee revealed on Saturday that his name was proposed for the post of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief in the 1980s but he backed out as he has 'never held a bat' and put forward the name of NKP Salve in his place.

Delivering the first NKP Salve Memorial Address at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday, Mukherjee recalled that some people close to him proposed his name for the BCCI President's post in 1982. But he decided against it as he had never played cricket and did not know much about the sport.

"Though I read some literature on cricket and have watched games, I have never held a cricket bat," Mukherjee said, explaining why he declined.

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