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Anurag Thakur won’t shy away from ‘accepting BCCI responsibility’

Anurag Thakur, who was removed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in January 2017 for not implementing the Lodha Panel reforms, says that he will always be available for the BCCI if Indian cricket requires him.

cricket Updated: Jul 16, 2017 15:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Anurag Thakur has said he ‘won’t shy away from accepting responsibility’ if Indian cricket needs him.(HT Photo)

He has been away from the hullabaloo of Indian cricket for the last six months but former BCCI president Anurag Thakur said if required, he “won’t shy away from accepting responsibility”.

The Supreme Court recently dropped perjury charges against Thakur after he tendered an unconditional apology. He was removed from the BCCI by the Supreme Court in January for failing to convince Board members to implement the Lodha Reforms.

Since then, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has spent an unsuccessful six months failing to make any headway in the matter.

Recently, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, while accepting birthday wish from Thakur, urged him to make a comeback into cricket administration.

“It was kind of Sourav to have said something like that. I feel humbled when a former India captain says something like that. I have not decided anything but if Indian cricket requires me, I will be always available. I have never shied away from responsibility,” Thakur told PTI.

Asked if he is a relieved man, Thakur said: “I had complete faith in judiciary”.

The Hamirpur MP has been very busy with his political work as well as looking after other sporting activities.

“During all these months, I was busy doing what I love most -- promoting sports. I organised the Himachal Pradesh State Olympics, which was a huge success. I am also involved with Hockey Himachal as promoting Olympic sports in the state has been one of my prime endeavours,” said Thakur. “Also, I am the chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology, my constituency work in Hamirpur -- I had a very busy six months,” he said.

Thakur, however, didn’t wish to comment on the ongoing drama regarding appointment of chief coach and support staff.

He doesn’t want to talk on BCCI’s internal matters and only twice has he aired his views on cricketing matters.

The first time was when he supported Virat Kohli after the ‘cheatgate’ incident during the home series against Australia and then when Kohli was being criticised after the infamous fallout with former coach Anil Kumble.

First Published: Jul 16, 2017 15:35 IST