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BJP MP Anurag Thakur elected new BCCI president

MUMBAI: India’s cricket board on Sunday unanimously elected 41-year-old current secretary Anurag Thakur as its new president, one of the most powerful positions in world sport.

The cash-rich Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted pictures on Twitter of its members congratulating Thakur, a close ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after a special meeting to elect him in Mumbai.


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The 41-year-old replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC chairman’s job. Senior BCCI vice-president CK Khanna chaired the Special General Meeting (SGM) and announced Thakur’s name for the top job.

Manohar’s exit from the top post barely seven months into his tenure had necessitated the election of the new chief of the world’s richest and most powerful cricket body.

AFP adds: Thakur, who is a member of parliament for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and a close ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, succeeds Shashank Manohar who stepped down earlier this month to become the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The top post at the cash-rich BCCI is regarded by many as the most powerful in global cricket. The board benefits from huge TV deals that allow it effectively to run the world governing body the ICC with its allies, Australia and England.

But the embattled BCCI is under enormous pressure to introduce reforms after it was tarnished by several scandals including corruption and fixing accusations in the glitzy Indian Premier League.

 

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