Thursday, 27 July 2017

If Indian cricket requires me, I won’t shy away: Anurag Thakur

Anurag Thakur

NEW DELHI: Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur is out of Indian cricket administrations’ ambit since the Supreme Court of India (SC) removed him from his post for giving false information to the court regarding the implantation of Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations.

With the contempt of court, the suit was looming, Thakur had to tender an official apology to the apex court to get rid of the case. The SC dropped the perjury charges against Thakur, hence he is now eligible to hold a post a BCCI.

Recently, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said that the Indian cricket requires Anurag Thakur. Ganguly’s comments came in reply to Thakur’s birthday wish to the former skipper.  Now, Thakur said he “won’t shy away from accepting responsibility”.

Currently, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is supervising the implementation of Lodha Committee recommendations. However, the BCCI didn’t show any intent to carry out the reform. With the CoA has spent unsuccessful six months at BCCI failing to carry out reform, the SC reprimanded N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah for obstructing the reforms.

“It was kind of Sourav to have said something like that. I feel humbled when a former India captain says something like that. I have not decided anything but if Indian cricket requires me, I will be always available. I have never shied away from responsibility,” Thakur told PTI today in reply to Ganguly’s comment.

Asked if he is a relieved man, Thakur said: “I had complete faith in the judiciary”.

Thakur, MP from Hamirpur, has been very busy with his political work as well as looking after sporting activities at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

CEO Rahul Johri operates BCCI’s day to day work.

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