“This will be Mr Pawar’s second innings and as you all know, Indians play well in the second innings,” Bindra told MiD DAY while watching India’s net session yesterday ahead of today’s third ODI against Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Many have questioned Pawar’s decision to return to cricket administration, especially after helming the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), but Bindra said: “He loves to serve cricket.
He does not want to contest the Lok Sabha elections next year. He may represent his party (Nationalist Congress Party) as Rajya Sabha member next time, so he will have a lot of time for cricket.”
Bindra added: “I’m surprised people are asking such questions. Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya also became ICC president and BCCI president. So, now why does he want to become the Board president again? In a democratic country, there should be solid opposition, so that everybody’s on their toes.
But now the scenario is such that one man takes a decision and the remaining 29 raise their hands. But now with Mr Pawar’s arrival, I’m sure BCCI will start functioning properly.”