Anurag Thakur unanimously elected as the BCCI’s new President in the Board’s Special General Meeting (SGM), replacing Shashank Manohar who step down from the position to take up the ICC chief’s job. Anurag Thakur will be the youngest chief in the history of the board.
Anurag Thakur, who resigned as the Secretary of the Board, got the signatures of all six east zone units in his BCCI presidential nomination form as he completed the formalities in presence of former India captain and CAB president Sourav Ganguly.
Just to show solidarity, all the six east units, Cricket Association of Bengal, Assam CA, Tripura CA, NCC and Jharkhand SCA signed his nomination papers even though the rules require only one unit to nominate the name for presidential candidate.
Earlier, Anurag Thakur filed his nomination in the presence of Ganguly, Ratnakar Shetty and Ajay Shirke. The 41-year-old, who is also a BJP MP in Lok Sabha, will take over the reins of the embattled Board in rather tough times as the BCCI is facing heat from the Supreme Court to implement the Justice R M Lodha Committee’s recommendations for sweeping reforms.
Manohar’s exit from the top post barely seven months into his tenure has necessitated the election of the new chief of the world’s richest and most powerful cricket body. He was elected as ICC’s first independent chairman on May 12.