The new elected secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Hamirpur MP, Anurag Thakur, here on Sunday said that he would oppose the new sports bill of the state government if it levied restrictions on the sports bodies.
While talking to mediapersons, he said that earlier also the Congress party government had introduced such bills, but had to withdraw the same under the pressure of the people. Thakur added that if the government again went ahead with the bill, he and the other sports associations would oppose the same. He also accused the Congress government for introducing such bills to control the sports bodies.
Thakur said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs would oppose the bill, both inside and outside the state assembly.
He added that he was in favour of promoting all kinds of sports in the country as well as in the state. Thakur said that as a BCCI secretary his main priority for the state was to host test matches between India and other country at Dhauladhar cricket stadium in Dharamsala, which would make Himachal Pradesh among the states hosting international cricket matches.
He said, "The Congress party-led government is not interested in promoting cricket in the state and that's why it has been opposing holding of 20-20 cricket matches in Dharamsala."
"It is the primary duty of the state government to provide security during the matches on the analogy of other state governments," he said, adding that hosting such matches in the state would help people earn huge revenues.