Ex-BCCI president Anurag Thakur responds to sacking, takes a dig at Supreme Court's decision

Supreme Court on Monday removed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, in what was a landmark ruling for cricket administration in the country. The apex court's verdict suggested the duo should "forthwith cease and desist from" the board's work and also decided to initiate contempt proceedings against Thakur by seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the court's directions aimed at reforming BCCI.

Later on Monday afternoon, Thakur took to Twitter to respond to his sacking, where he reiterated his commitment towards the best of Indian cricket and autonomy of Indian sports. "For me it was not a personal battle, it was a battle for the autonomy of the sports body. I respect the Supreme Court as any citizen should. (If) Supreme Court feels that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I’m sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance," Thakur said in a video message on Twitter.

"My commitment for the best of Indian cricket and autonomy of Indian sports will always remain" he later vowed.

The 42-year-old said he felt honoured for having the opportunity to serve Indian cricket during his time with the BCCI that ended with him occupying the post of the president. He also commended the work done by the apex cricket body to provide India with the best administration and infrastructure.

"I had the honour of serving Indian cricket. Over the years Indian cricket saw the very best in terms of administration and development of the game. BCCI is the best managed sports organization in the country with defined procedures," he said.

File photo of BCCI president Anurag Thakur. AFP

File photo of BCCI president Anurag Thakur. AFP

"India has the best cricket infrastructure built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world," the BJP MP added.

Earilier in the day, BCCi secretary Shirke had said he had no regrets about having to leave the post and felt the board wasn't  about him and Thakur, but about it's members.

"At the end of the day, the BCCI comprises of members. It is not about me or the president. It is about the members.

"I have no reason to go into history. History can be judged by people differently. I have no personal attachment to the post. In the past also I have resigned and I have lots of other things to do. I came back to the Board as there was a vacancy and I was elected unopposed. Now it has come to this (the Supreme Court). I am completely fine with it and I have no regrets," said Shirke from the UK.

Giving his reactions after the SC had finally forced implementation of his recommendations, former chief justice of India, Rajendra Mal Lodha, said in an exclusive interview that BCCI should have taken the SC more seriously.

“I am done with it, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should have avoided the situation to come to such a sad end, it should have reacted earlier,” former chief justice of India, Rajendra Mal Lodha said in an exclusive interview.

“Hopefully, the BCCI will now realise that no one is above the law in this country and any decision of the Supreme Court is final, and must be abided in total.” he added.

A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said that working of BCCI will be looked after by a committee of administrators and requested senior advocate Fali S Nariman and senior advocate Gopal Subramanian, who was assisting in the matter as amicus curaie, to assist the court in nominating persons of impeccable integrity as the members in the committee of administrators.

The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said that Nariman and Subramanian will complete the taskin two weeks and the matter for passing the direction for nominating the persons in committee of administrators will be taken up on 19 January.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2017 16:49 PM

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