Cleaning up the damaged identity of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), taking international cricket to new centers around the country and securing that India play more Tests top the priority list of newly recruited Board secretary Anurag Thakur.
Anurag Thakur, who has been a cricket administrator for 15 years besides being a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, has appeared as a strong personality in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after he beat obligatory Sanjay Patel by just one vote at the AGM on Sunday in Chennai.
The previous Narayanaswami Srinivasan led governing body was entangled in dispute and Anurag Thakur is confident that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be capable to turn the tide under the leadership of old knight Jagmohan Dalmiya.
On Wednesday Anurag Thakur told PTI in an interview that there is a wide perception that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was a one-man show in the last few years. A lot of debates occurred, lots of court cases. It is time to change all of that thing. Replying that it was a ferocious fought poll between the Narayanaswami Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar factions, Anurag Thakur expressed confidence that the office-bearers will put the bad things behind to take Indian cricket forward.
He was quoted saying: “There are three areas we need to look at right away. One is the internal functioning of the board, the second is cleaning up the image of the Board, bring in more accountability to the BCCI. Thirdly and most importantly, to promote the game and make it more popular.”
Speaking on the defending champion’s squad, he said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will soon start the work on finding a substitution for Coach Duncan Fletcher, whose tenancy ends with the ICC World Cup.
He also wants the squad to play more Test matches, both home and international, than they have played in the previous couple of years.
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