Anurag Thakur on Monday became the youngest to take over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) President post-Independence.
The 41-year-old Thakur replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC chairman’s job.
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 22, 2016
Here we bring you some of the interesting facts you want to know about this youngest BCCI president
Entered Lok Sabha in 2008
Son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Premkumar Dhumal (1998 to 2003 & again 2008 to 2012) Thakur was rushed into the Lok Sabha in 2008 from his father’s constituency of Hamirpur. His father had quit the seat to take charge of the state and Thakur, also representing the BJP, won the ensuing by-election and made it to the lower house of parliament.
At 25, Became HPCA President
At the age of 25 when most cricket players could be expected to dream of a cricket career, Thakur did the unthinkable: he became president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).
Once Played Ranji-Trophy Match
An ambitious man, Thakur has been a go-getter as he once played a Ranji Trophy match for HP against Jammu and Kashmir which was necessary for being eligible to become a junior national selector.
- Making Rahul Dravid the coach of India U-19 and ‘A’ team apart from introducing the clause of BCCI officials signing the ‘no conflict of interest’ clause were some of his steps that have been appreciated.
- He has recently introduced a private member bill in the Lower House which proposes 10 years of jail term for any sportsperson, who indulges in match-fixing.
- While a lower court in Delhi had recently dismissed the MCOCA charges against tainted alleged fixer S Sreesanth, Thakur maintained that the Kerala speedster’s life ban will not be revoked.