Hamirpur member of Parliament and newly- elected secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anurag Thakur has offered to quit as the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) after a 15-year stint at the top post.
Thakur, who took over the reins of the state cricket body at the age of 25 in 2002, completes his term as the HPCA chief in May. Thakur, 40, the elder son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was elected as the BCCI secretary on March 2.
“For the past 15 years, we have worked as a family to lift the HPCA an unknown entity to a cricket body that matters,” Thakur told his team during a felicitation program organized at Dharamsala Cricket Stadium to honour him, on Friday evening.
“Today, we have an international stadium and the requisite infrastructure has been provided for. Now, it’s time for a new team to take over,” said an emotional Thakur.
He added he remembered that when he was the president, the HPCA’s annual budget was `20 lakh and the BCCI subsidised the association.
“Since then, we have come a long way and HPCA has carved a niche for itself in the world of cricket ,” said Thakur.