After being reprimanded by the Supreme Court, which added he may have committed perjury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), president Anurag Thakur has expressed his faith in the judiciary. Elaborating on the implementations of the recommendations of the Lodha Commission that landed him in a soup, Thakur said to reporters in Jaipur today, “The matter is sub judice and I have full faith in the Indian judicial system. We have called meetings time and again to implement justice Lodha committee recommendations. More than 85 per cent recommendations have been implemented.”
However, Thakur also a Lok Sabha MP, expressed his reservations on some of the recommendations of the Commission that would be difficult to put into practice. The reason behind the difficulties behind implementing them could not be conveyed as the Board had not been given time for the last two months, he informed. “The members do not agree to implement three-four recommendations as they are not practical. To convey this, we sought time but the committee is not giving us time for the last two months,” Thakur said.
And he added, “Before the recommendations, we have brought many reforms in the BCCI which is the best run organisation in the world today. Our teams have performed well in so many tournaments. We are the number one team in Tests, number two in T20s and number three in ODIs. Look at the performance of our junior team where they have finals of the Asia Cup. Our women’s team have won the Women’s Asia Cup.”
And the BCCI president wondered where exactly the board had gone wrong despite the success the Indian cricket teams had achieved. “So where are the shortcomings? Pressure is being created unnecessarily on us,” he added.
Thakur also lauded Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli non his team’s series victory against England. According to him, “Indian team has made the England team lick the dust.”
(With inputs from PTI)