Current BCCI secretary is all set to be the new president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) unanimously as all six East Zome associations have backed BJP’s member of Parliament and face of BJP’s youth wing for the Indian cricket’s most coveted post.
Thakur was always a front-runner for the top post after current independent BCCI chairman Shashank Manohar resigned, and all six associations including Cricket Association’s of Bengal, Jharkhand Cricket Association, Orissa Cricket Association, National Cricket Club of Kolkata, Assam Cricket Association and Tripura Cricket Association have nominated Thakur as their candidate.
The President of Assam Cricket Association Gautam Roy confirmed to the Indian Express that his association, and five other East Zone associations, have decided to back Thakur for the president post. “All six association in East Zone has agreed to nominate Thakur for president post. We have sent out a nomination form to him few days ago,” Roy said.
As per the BCCI’s bye-laws, any candidate interested in contesting for the top post needs a proposer.
A BCCI by-elections need only one proposer from East Zone which is electing the president and it was the East’s turn this time. However, with all six associations backing Thakur, who is also BCCI secretary, it is clear that Special General meeting will be a low key affair.
Interestingly, last year too. Thakur was the choice for president’s post vacated by N Srinivasan but the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president had to later be content with the secretary’s post.
“Thakur has been unanimous choice of all East Zone members, he has done a good job as a secretary. We all felt that he is the right candidate for the post,” an East Zone association office-bearer said.
Meanwhile, Ajay Shirke is expected to be replaced Thakur’s secretary post. There were questions raised about his availability in India as the Maharashtra Cricket Association chief stays in London for six months every year but he will be back as BCCI officer bearer.
Shirke was treasurer during Srinivasan’s regime but resigned after spot-fixing scandal broke out in 2013.