Anurag Thakur was today unanimously elected as the second youngest BCCI President, while Ajay Shirke was chosen as Secretary in a smooth transition of power at a time when the world’s richest Cricket Board is sailing through choppy waters.
The 41-year-old Thakur replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC chairman’s job. The Maharashtra Cricket Association chief and business magnate Shirke expectedly filled in the Secretary’s post which was left vacant by Thakur’s resignation yesterday.
Senior BCCI vice-president C K Khanna chaired the Special General Meeting (SGM) and announced Thakur’s name for the top job.
“I feel humbled and honoured to be sitting here, it’s a journey which started 16 years ago,” Thakur said after taking over.
Manohar’s exit from the top post barely seven months into his tenure had necessitated the election of the new chief of the world’s richest and most powerful cricket body.
Soon after his resignation, Thakur got the signatures of all six east zone units in his BCCI presidential nomination from yesterday, paving the way for his unanimous choice as the 34th President of the world’s most influential cricket body.
Making India the top team in all formats of the game will be the priority for Thakur.
"Currently our team is number two in tests and T20 and number four in ODIs and in women's cricket," Thakur told reporters.
"We will take every step whatever is possible to make India number one in all four."