BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has been unanimously elected the BCCI president at the board’s special general meeting in Mumbai on 22nd May 2016, Sunday. 41-year-old Anurag Thakur will serve as BCCI president until September 2017. Thakur will also represent the BCCI on the ICC executive board and the Asian Cricket Council. He is 34th President of the BCCI.
Anurag is one of the youngest BCCI presidents. He is also politician and the BJP member of parliament from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district. Anurag Thakur is the son of two time former Himachal Pradesh chief minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal. Thakur is also a head of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh congratulated Anurag Thakur. Harbhajan Singh tweeted that, “Congratulations @ianuragthakur for becoming the @BCCI president.. Best wishes” Gautam Gambhir also congratulated to Anurag Thakur. He tweeted that, “Congrats @ianuragthakur on taking over @bcci president. Go well Paaji. Hope Indian cricket continues to prosper.”
Anurag Thakur said, “It is a journey which started 16 years back from a small state of Himachal, as the president of Himachal Cricket Association. I would like to thank everyone who helped me to work and specially the members of the east zone who gave me this opportunity to serve cricket like this. I think I’m the luckiest person in BCCI as I had the chance to work with the three most experienced people in the world of cricket, it was the biggest chance where I got to work with finest cricket personalities Jagmohan Dalmiya, Srinivasan and Shashank Manohar.”
“We started this journey 15 month back with Mr. Dalmiya and Shashank taking over. He introduced many initiatives to bring transparency and accountability in system and in have got the guidance of both and we are glad that Manohar has been unanimously elected as the first independent chairman of the ICC. Cricket is the most important sport for the fans and we work for them who despite being too hot or too cold come out to enjoy the match in the stadium.” Thakur added.
“BCCI is working towards making Test matches as popular as T20s or ODI’s. We have also planned to host at least 13 test matches this year, in respect to which we have informed all the states that 10% of all the tickets will be given out free to all the girl Childs, and also the physically challenged children and young kids with disabilities.” he continued.
“As we talk about organization, few stadiums do not have their seats numbered in respect to which all the stadium association have been informed to get the seats numbered so that the audience do not go through any hassles while watching the match.” he further added.
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