Current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers: Anurag Thakur

Anurag Thakur conceded that the current crisis are not in BCCI's favour but they have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives its verdict.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 23, 2016 10:22 pm
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BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Friday conceded that the current crisis facing the Board is not in the best interest of cricketers but the body will have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives it’s verdict on January 3.

“We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub-judice. We are in problem and we need to wait till January 3,” Thakur told mediapersons on the sidelines of a promotional event for the upcoming Pro Wrestling League.

He was referring to the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee’s recommendations on administrative reform in the BCCI, which the the Board has not been able to implement as yet.

He took a dig at former cricketers about being critical of BCCI administration.

“The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us,” said Thakur.

When asked why BCCI can’t have one lakh coaches for 1 lakh village panchayats, he sarcastically remarked: “We have a lot of money but we can’t spend it. We need permission for it.”

He was referring to Supreme Court directive of stifling of funds for the Board.

He also took a dig at ICC for not including India in the Working group.

“I was there at the meeting and every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without BCCI, they should know global cricket needs BCCI,” he said.

He also raised questions about how Indian captain Virat Kohli was ignored in the ICC’s Test team of the Year.

“ICC should look into the matter as India is No.1 Test team. But I am happy that Ashwin has been adjudged Test Cricketer of the Year.”

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    Joseph Mathew
    Dec 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm
    Rubbish! It is not cricketers who are in trouble but merely the mammon-possessed bosses at the top of the non-transparent BCCI. Thakur is just demonising the court to mislead the public against the apex court which is about to give a final verdict. The court is entirely in its right to bring the Board in line or face music. Hats off to the court in its bold move to cleanse the Board so that the game in governed in the country in the best possible manner with maximum accountability and transparency.
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      Rabindra Nath Roy
      Dec 24, 2016 at 2:50 am
      Thakur a law maker , a BJP mp is law breaker as BCCI President. Shamelessly he is hanging on to the last straw that some miracle may. save him and his manition may bring in good luck that is life time President ship of BCcI. Good game with bad guy at the helm.
      1. R
        Dec 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm
        It is not the Cricketers but you guys who are in trouble and trying to blame the Lodha Committee for all your shortcomings.
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