Mumbai: After taking over as the BCCI’s youngest president of modern India, Anurag Thakur addressed a press conference and said that BCCI has been moving towards the reform but there is a lot more to come.
He said, “It is a journey which started 16 years back from a small state of Himachal, as the president of Himachal Cricket Association. I would like to thank everyone who helped me to work and specially the members of the east zone who gave me this opportunity to serve cricket like this.”
“I think I’m the luckiest person in BCCI as I had the chance to work with the three most experienced people in the world of cricket, it was the biggest chance where I got to work with most finest cricket personalities Jagmohan Dalmiya, Srinivasan and Shashank Manohar,” the 41-year old added.
“We started this journey 15 months back with Mr. Dalmiya and Shashank taking over. He introduced many initiatives to bring transparency and accountability in system and in have got the guidance of both and we are glad that Manohar has been unanimously elected as the first independent chainman of the ICC,” the former BCCI secretary added.
“Cricket is the most important sport for the fans and we work for them who despite being too hot or too cold come out to enjoy the match in the stadium,” he continued.
Anurag Thakur had gained fame for possibly being the first cricketer to have made his first-class debut after taking over as the president of the state cricket association.
“BCCI is working towards making Test matches as popular as T20s or ODI’s. We have also planned to host at least 13 test matches this year, in respect to which we have informed all the states that 10% of all the tickets will be given out free to all the girlchilds, and also the physically challenged children and young kids with disabilities,” said the man responsible for bringing the cricket stadium in Dharamsala up to international standards.
“As we talk about organization, few stadiums do not have their seats numbered in respect to which all the stadium association have been informed to get the seats numbered so that the audience do not go through any hassles while watching the match,” he further added.
This is what Anurag shared on his Facebook page: