Mohali:Though India has become an "engine of growth of world cricket" and is "sustaining" it, it has no intentions to dominate international cricket because the country earlier itself fought against the domination of one or two nations over the sport, ICC's new principal advisor-designate I S Bindra said on Friday.
"India is an engine of growth of world cricket, it is sustaining, it is generating 85 per cent of revenue," Bindra, who will be taking over his new assignment from July, told a press conference here.
When a reporter asked that there was "some resentment" against India due to its growing financial clout in the sport, Bindra, who is also president of Punjab Cricket Association, said there is no such thing and added "in fact, every country fully supported our initiative of launching Indian Premier League.
"India has fought against domination of one or two powers and we will not tolerate domination by anyone, including by India itself," 66-year-old Bindra, whose initial term of contract as ICC's principal advisor will be for two years, said.
Bindra said among his priorities in the new job will be to implement the vision of the ICC, development of cricket, particularly in USA and China, assisting in improving relations between members and assisting the BCCI in ensuring the smooth conduct of ICC events, including World Cups.
"Now, extending and popularising this game in two major ecomomies (US and China) is going to be one of our priorities. I had a long chat with (ICC's CEO designate) Imtiaz Patel on many issues including this one...," he said adding Patel fully supported him.
Bindra talked at length about the successful launch of Indian Premier League and revealed that the cash-rich twenty20 event had been conceptualised as long back as 1996 when he stepped down as BCCI President.
Bindra said Lalit Modi, now the Cricket Board's vice president brought up the idea of starting an inter-city league, which somehow could not take off all these years.
"Even two years back, I and Modi at a joint press conference in Mohali had talked of implementing a USD 2 billion league, which had been laughed at by many including many in the media," he said.
Asked if IPL will rule over the international calendar, Bindra ruled out any such possibility.
"... but there should be no doubt we will use our financial clout in promoting and globalising the game and make it something like European Premier League," he said.
On the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL), he said anybody was free to conduct tournaments, but made it clear they or its players cannot be recognised by the BCCI or the ICC because they were "unofficial".
Taking a dig at ICL, he said, "you cannot run a major tournament at a place (Panchkula) where not even a first class match has been played".
To another question, he made it clear no player will be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League if he fails to get a 'No Objection Certificate' from his parent board.
Bindra said "Team Mohali" of the IPL will be launched by its owners sometime after March 28, the date after which the team's "icon player" Yuvraj Singh will be available.
"We wanted Yuvraj's presence here," he said, adding on April 4, PCA will be handing over the ground to the owners of the Mohali team.
Seven matches of the BCCI-backed IPL will be played in the PCA stadium here.
"This event is going to be more important for us than even hosting the Test or the ODI matches. Not that they are not important, but it will be realising a major link in our dream to marketing domestic cricket globally," said the PCA president about hosting of IPL matches at the Mohali stadium.
Asked if there was likelihood of any conflict with the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC, Bindra said he held CEO-designate Imtiaz Patel in great respect.
"I am in touch with him and am looking forward to an extremely cordial and constructive working relationship for achieving our common objective to make the cricket a truly global sport," he said.
Bindra said he will assist in improving relationship between the members of the ICC.