A day after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said that India should resume cricket ties with Pakistan and not pay any importance to what was being said on social media, the statement evoked mixed reactions from netizens, particularly the Twitterati.
#Anuragmisunderstood and #ShameOnAnuragThakur trended on Twitter on Friday, polarising netizens for or against Thakur.
#ShameOnAnuragThakur How Can money be more important than Nations Pride ? How can it be more imp than the life of ur soldiers?— सत्यसाधक☝TruthSeeker (@RituRathaur) December 4, 2015
Thakur, the BJP MP from Hamirpur, posted the link of his statement on Twitter in a bid to clear the air.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Anurag Thakur said, “I have to don two hats. I can’t force personal or party thinking on the BCCI. As a BJP MP, I can have personal opinions. But as the BCCI secretary, I have to convey what the organisation wants me to. BCCI is not a political body and we are bound under the agreement signed on April 9, 2014 by the then honorary of BCCI to play against Pakistan in bilateral series slated to be held in month of December.”
“In democracy people have right to speak and I admire the way the youth of this country express their opinion on important issues,” Thakur said when questioned about the way twiterati reacted to his statement.
“I have always been in favour of social media and would like to know from people what do they do think about competing with Pakistan in cricket and other games such as Asian games, Asia Cup,” he added.
His statement comes at a time when the final nod is awaited from the Indian government on the bilateral series slated to be held later this month in Sri Lanka.
In his statement, Thakur had said that it was important to sit across the table and talk to Pakistan, adding that cricket could pave the way for talks on issues such as terrorism and trade.
He further said, “When it comes to Pakistan, it’s not that easy to take calls. And five years back, there was no role of social media. Today, you see a lot of reactions on social media, but you still can’t say it’s the sense of the entire country. At times you can’t go only by social media; you have to look at the interests of the nation.”
On Friday, ‘Anurag for Himachal’ page said: “The BCCI is doing its job to promote cricket, abide by contracts under @ICC. Government takes final call on series!”