New Delhi, Jan 2: Hours after the Supreme Court sacked him from the post of Board of Control for Cricket in India’S (BCCI) president, Anurag Thakur on Monday asserted that it was not a personal battle for him but a battle for the autonomy of the sports body.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 2, 2017
“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. Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could better under retired judges. I wish them all the best. I am sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance. My commitment to the best of India cricket and autonomy of sports will always remain,” Thakur said in a statement.
“I had the honour of serving Indian cricket. Over the years, Indian cricket saw its very 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 cricketing infrastructure, built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI,” he said.
The Supreme Court today removed Anurag Thakur from the post of BCCI President for not complying with its orders on implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, also issued notice to Thakur seeking an explanation why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him. BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke was also removed from his post.
The court said, all office bearers of BCCI and state associations who refuse to abide by recommendations of Lodha panel to bring transparency and accountability in the cricket body shall demit office forthwith.
The court said, no one above 70 years, unsound mind, ministers, government servants, convicted persons and those holding post for cumulative term of 9 years can be an office bearer.