Former India cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu has praised Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke for their administrative work. Thakur and Shirke were removed from the post of BCCI President and Secretary respectively by the Supreme Court after being found guilty of not following the apex court’s order to comply with the Lodha Panel recommendations in order to introduce administrative changes within the cricket board.
However, Sandhu has little doubts over the duo’s administrative abilities.
Speaking to Mid-Day, the World Cup-winning bowler said:“Ajay is a good administrator. He always did good for the game of cricket and stood out with his no-nonsense approach.”
Sandhu was Maharashtra’s coach when Shirke began his career in cricket administration.
“He changed cricket in Maharashtra in a way and ensured the game was looked after better than earlier at the district level. I reckon he did a good job with Maharashtra and Indian cricket. Remember, he resigned (as BCCI treasurer) on principle when the spot-fixing scandal broke out. Ajay was very approachable and if you disagreed with him, you could tell him so on his face,” Sandhu added.
Speaking about Thakur, he said:“Anurag too is a good administrator. Unfortunately, he got into the mess of BCCI politics. He had to support his colleagues.”
Earlier, the decision was hailed by legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi. He had said:“This is a very important decision for Indian cricket and for all sportspersons. This is not a happy moment as we should not have been in this situation at the first place. A few people had made cricket their own property.”
Meanwhile, the upcoming limited-overs series has been put in limbo due to the decision. The BCCI, as well as the state bodies, are in a state of confusion following the verdict and there are dark clouds lingering over how state associations will organise the games.