Kolkata: According to reports, Nishant Jeet Arora has resigned from his post as the media manager of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators ordered a close down of the offices of former BCCI president, Anurag Thakur and ex-BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. Arora stepped down from his post on Sunday evening after he was told that he had to shift to Mumbai at Cricket House where the staff worked. He also didn’t travel to Hyderabad where the Indian Cricket team is set to play Bangladesh in a one-off Test from the February 9.
All of the Delhi office recruits were made by former Thakur’s staff and with him being removed by the Supreme Court, it was of vital importance that they be laid off.
The Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Edulji said that they had not named anyone but had only instructed for the closure of the office. When questioned about his resignation, Arora said that he was offered to shift his base from Delhi, which was what prompted him to quit. “I have a young family and didn’t want to move to Mumbai,” he said.
Earlier, Arora, who was working as Indian cricket team’s media manager, was accused of leaking details of dressing room talks to the former BCCI chief, Thakur. As per a report, two senior members of the Indian team had reported the situation to the BCCI. According to the players, Nishant had been ‘over-indulgent’ in dressing room matters and had been reporting them precisely to Thakur. Arora had been the BCCI media manager for 18 months and had been on tours to Australia, United States, West Indies with the Indian cricket team. With his resignation, the process of starting a new era in Indian cricket gets a further fillip. More to follow for sure.
(With inputs from NDTV Sports and Deccan Chronicle)