After making headlines on almost every news channel, Anurag Thakur finally spoke up and responded to the Courts decision which removed him and Ajay Shirke from power. Following the verdict, Thakur uploaded a video on his Twitter handle expressing his views regarding the decision.
Thakur highlighted the fact that the BCCI is the best-managed sporting association in the country and Indian cricket has seen unprecedented administrative success over the years as a result of this.
The 42 year old also stated that he respects the Supreme Court’s decision but clarified that his fight was in the interest of the board and nothing personal. According to Thakur, Indian cricket has been doing great over the years and this has been possible with support from the BCCI.
The BCCI came under the scanner after an infamous sport fixing scandal came up during the 6th season of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Three players from Rajasthan Royals, namely S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were booked for performing certain acts for money. Increasing unethical practices forced the Indian judiciary to take control of the proceedings and prompted the Supreme Court to clean up the administration of the sport in the country.
The Court then formed the Lodha Committee, headed by the ex-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, R.M. Lodha, to offer recommendations for reforming the practices of the board. The Committee submitted its recommendations in January last year and the court has been trying to implement ever since then.
The Supreme Court accepted and ratified all the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and ordered the BCCI to implement them in its entirety.
BCCI accepted a few changes but objected to some of the recommendations. Their continuous denial to implement the changes forced the Supreme Court to sack Thakur and Shirke.
It will be interesting to see who fills up the vacancy of both the positions.