I fought for BCCI’s autonomy: Anurag Thakur on SC verdict

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: BJP MP and BCCI President Anurag Thakur at Parliament. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: BJP MP and BCCI President Anurag Thakur at Parliament.
Photo – PTI

Reacting after the Supeme Court order that removed him as the chief of BCCI, Anurag Thakur said if the apex court feels the cricketing body will do well under the guidance of retired judges, “I wish them all the best”.

Thakur, along with the BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, were removed from his position in the all-powerful cricket body after they “failed” to comply with a July 18, 2015 verdict making the Lodha recommendations mandatory.

“For me it was not a personal battle, it was a battle for the autonomy of the sports body. I respect Supreme Court as any citizen should. If Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I am sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance,” said Thakur, posting a video recorded clip on the social media.

He, however, insisted that BCCI remains the best run sports body in India.

“My commitment to the best of Indian cricket and autonomy of sports will always remain,” he said.

Thakur was BCCI joint secretary and secretary before being elected president in May 2016. The BJP MP has also served as Himachal cricket boss for more than a decade.

“I had the honour of serving Indian cricket. Over the years, Indian cricket saw its best in terms of administration and development of the game. BCCI is the best managed sports organisation in the country with defined procedures. India has the best infrastructure built and maintained by state association with help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world”, he said in his recorded reaction.

Besides ordering his removal, the Supreme Court also initiated contempt proceedings against Anurag Thakur seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the Lodha reforms.

During the December 15, 2016 hearing, the apex court had threatened to initiate contempt and perjury proceedings against Thakur for asking the ICC CEO Dave Richardson for a letter but denying it on oath, warning he may have to go to jail if found guilty.

The court had reminded the BCCI top brass that Thakur as president of the board had asked for a letter from Richardson that the appointment of a CAG nominee in the cricket body would compromise with autonomy and amount to government interference.

(With inputs from the PTI)