Supreme Court removes Thakur, Shirke from top BCCI posts
India's Supreme Court has ordered the removal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BBCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from office with immediate effect.
The court's decision follows restrictions on the BCCI's accounts last year because of a failure to apply a series of reforms recommended by a panel headed by former judge Rajendra Mal Lodha (Lodha Committee).
The court also ruled that other office bearers of the BCCI and state associations who did not meet the requirements set by the committee shall "cease to hold office" immediately.
CITIZEN OF INDIA
The committee says that an office bearer should be a citizen of India, should not be 70 years or older, should not be a government servant or minister, should not hold office in another sports organisation, should not have held office with the BCCI or state association for more than nine years, should not be insolvent or of unsound mind, and should not have a criminal record.
All existing office bearers who met the criteria were permitted to continue in their roles but were asked to file an "unconditional undertaking" in the Supreme Court within four weeks from January 2 that they would implement the Lodha Committee's recommendations.
The BCCI's most senior vice-president will temporarily perform duties in Thakur's absence while Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will take over for Shirke.
NOT A PERSONAL BATTLE
Thakur said that he had fought for the autonomy of the BCCI and that his was not a personal battle.
"Over the years, Indian cricket saw its very best in terms of administration and development of the game," he says. "BCCI is the best-managed sports organisation in the country, with defined procedures. India has the best cricket infrastructure, built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world.
"I respect the Supreme Court as any citizen should. Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I'm sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance."