India will not run the ICC: Bindra

The ICC's principal adviser says his role will be more to do with conceptualising and helping the direction of cricket's world body.

updated: March 19, 2008 17:46 IST
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New Delhi:

India will not run the International Cricket Council by proxy, says Inderjit Singh Bindra, who was appointed the principal adviser to the ICC chief executive.

"My role will be more to do with conceptualising; helping with the direction of the ICC," Bindra told the Herald.

"There will be clearly demarcated areas. I wish to maintain the sanctity of his office."

Bindra was earlier preferred to replace Malcolm Speed as ICC chief executive. But he opted out citing business and family commitments, which would have made it difficult for him to work full-time out of Dubai.

At cricket's world governing body executive board meeting Monday afternoon, it was decided to give Bindra a two-year contract but with a provision for renewal. In terms of hierarchy, he will be above the CEO. The official announcement is expected Tuesday.

The ICC committee appointed to find a successor to CEO Malcolm Speed has recommended the name of Imtiaz Patel of South Africa as the next chief executive.

"We are happy to announce that we have been unanimous in selecting Imtiaz Patel of South Africa as the next chief executive of ICC and we have recommended his name for approval by the executive committee," ICC president-elect David Morgan announced at a press conference in Dubai Monday.

(With agency inputs)