Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha, Secretary of (Board of Control for Cricket in India) (BCCI), and President of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) will soon add another designation to his resume.
He is soon set to be elected as the BCCI president unopposed as all six East Zone associations, have decided to back him as the replacement for Shashank Manohar, reports the Indian Express.
Shashank Manohar stepped down as BCCI president on 10 May, and was subsequently elected as the first independent chairman of ICC.
Gautam Roy, president of Assam Cricket Association, confirmed the same to The Indian Express. “All six association in East Zone has agreed to nominate Thakur for president post. We have sent out nomination form to him few days ago,” Roy said.
The election will take place at the Special General Meeting to be held in Mumbai on 22 May.
Thakur was the choice for president’s post vacated by N Srinivasan but had to later be content with the secretary’s post, the report further says.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) President Ajay Shirke is touted to replace Thakur as the next secretary. A Mumbai Mirror report says that his track record as a treasurer (in the past) and as president of the MCA will work in his favour.
However, Shirke had earlier said that he does not know the date of the SGM and that he wasn't "standing in a queue" to get a post in the BCCI. "Let me clarify to you at the beginning that I have never put myself in contention for any top job within the BCCI nor do I have any goals of getting any posts. My name may be doing the rounds as you say, and it might look to many that I am myself pushing my name in the media, which I have never done," the straight-talking Shirke told PTI over phone from London.
Like BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, the former treasurer and IPL governing council member also expressed his concerns over the huge revenue losses that the board will incur if the Lodha Committee recommendation on curtailing of advertisements is implemented.
"Since I was treasurer, I have a fair idea about the board's financial position. I can tell that two years from now, the BCCI will run into losses if the revenue stream is curtailed as envisaged," a worried Shirke said.
The Mumbai Mirror report also says that the BCCI may unveil the new CEO and CFO at the working committee that follows the SGM. In April, they had appointed Rahul Johri as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
With agency inputs