Anurag Thakur - The new BCCI president

Today Anurag Thakur is unanimously elected as the new BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) president in the board’s Special General Meeting (SGM).

After taking on the role, Anurag Thakur talked about his upcoming role as BCCI president.

In the beginning, at a press conference as BCCI President, Anurag Thakur thanked all the board members for choosing him as board president. Thakur said, “I would like to thank the Board members for choosing me as BCCI President. I am humbled.”

Then Anurag Thakur said about transparency in the board, “We will bring more transparency in BCCI.”

Thakur added, “Payments above 25 lacs will be published online. The transparency will continue.”

Thakur also revealed that the future planning of the cricket stadiums will be environment-friendly. Thakur said, “Future stadiums will be green stadiums. BCCI will provide the help as required.”

Thakur also announced that Rs.100 crore had been given for the go green initiative.

Thakur also added, “10% tickets free for students, girl child and specially abled. Seats to be numbered in stadiums so no problem.”

Thakur said that every step would be taken to make Indian team no.1 in all formats.

When Thakur was asked about the selection of Indian national team coach, Thakur replied, “For a coach, we will advertise today. Applications welcome till June 10.”

“BCCI has asked the state associations to be active on social media”, Thakur said to the every state associations.

The new BCCI president also talked about the women cricket as he said, “As far as women cricket is concerned, we have increased their match fees, brought them under the contract system.”

Thakur also said, “I would like to thank for all the help in making this game the most popular game in India. We’re not running away from the reforms. On practicality, we have to see if it makes sense.”

The 41-year-old Anurag Thakur became the third youngest president of BCCI. The youngest BCCI president was 33-years old Fateh Singh Gaekwad, who became the BCCI president in 1963 while the second youngest president was 37-years old Raymond Govan, who was the first BCCI president in 1928.

On the other hand, Ajay Shirke is nominated as new BCCI secretary, a position that was previously served by Anurag Thakur before he became BCCI president.

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