Former Punjabi cricketer Harbhajan Singh may be appointed by Punjab’s Rajya Sabha by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Bhagwant Mann, according to sources, sources said.
The former foreign cyclist may be in charge of a new sports university in Jalandhar, which Mr Mann promised to put in place during last month’s election campaign. The new prime minister has promised to promote sport as a priority.
If Rajya becomes a member of Sabha, Mr. Singh, 41, will be included in the list of former sportsmen who have served as members of parliament, such as Sachin Tendulkar.
Before announcing his retirement, Mr. Singh met with Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, another former cricketer. A photo on both Twitter sparked speculation that Mr. Singh had entered Congress, and later denied it. They both played Test cricket together in 1998.
The AAP, which has its roots in Delhi, was the first government in the entire state to form a government. The AAP of Delhi under Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal does not have all the powers of a prime minister across the state as it is the territory of the Delhi Union. The new AAP government in Punjab, however, will have a police department under its command.