Inderjit Singh Bindra, a former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and a key figure in the present Board, has formalized his role as ICC Principal Advisor up to 2010.

Mr. Bindra, currently also Punjab Cricket Association President, will "focus on developing the game in China, implementing the ICC Vision, assisting relations between the ICC and its members and working with host members to ensure the success of ICC events," say the ICC.

I. S. Bindra

China has been a Special Project of the ICC since 2006. ICC President David Morgan said, "We have already made strides, alongside the Asian Cricket Council, in developing the game in China. With Inderjit now joining us to provide added impetus in this area we have the chance to take the game in China to the next level."

Mr Bindra said: "The work in developing the game in China is exciting.  It has a huge potential for growth and, with the Asian Cricket Council, we will explore ways of ensuring cricket is able to get a secure foothold within the country that we can continue to build upon."

China currently has 153 Level I coaches and umpires and 51 men's and women's teams in national competition. The game has been introduced into some 100 schools and the Chinese Cricket Association estimates that around 10,000 students have had the opportunity to play cricket.

"Mr. Bindra brings a peerless ability to get a job done," says ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraful Huq, "the ACC warmly welcomes his insight and expertise in contributing to the development of cricket in China."

ICC Press Release

Filed September 3, 2008