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'No question of perjury' - Anurag Thakur
Wednesday 21 December 2016

'No question of perjury' - Anurag Thakur
BCCI president Anurag Thakur has strongly denied that he had lied under oath to the Supreme Court. He addressed reporters in Jaipur on Wednesday and said "there is no question of perjury and I have not lied."
In October, Thakur had submitted an affidavit saying he had not sought the ICC's help against including a member of the Comptroller and Auditor General's office on the apex council of the BCCI. But ICC chairman Shashank Manohar wrote to the Lodha committee claiming Thakur had asked for a letter at an ICC meeting in August that said government interference into the board's matters could lead to its suspension. This happened two days after the Supreme Court thought there was a possibility that Thakur might face charges for perjury.
He also said the board has not been able to contact the Lodha committee to convey their concerns regarding the implementation of a few of their recommendations "for the last two months."
"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," he said.
"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 further defended the BCCI by calling on the success Indian teams have had on the field in recent times. "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 are in the finals of the Asia Cup. Our women's team has won the Asia Cup. So where are shortcomings? Pressure is being created unnecessarily on us."
BCCI president Anurag Thakur has strongly denied that he had lied under oath to the Supreme Court and said "there is no question of perjury and I have not lied."

In October, Thakur had submitted an affidavit saying he had not sought the ICC's help against including a member of the Comptroller and Auditor General's office on the apex council of the BCCI. But ICC chairman Shashank Manohar wrote to the Lodha committee claiming Thakur had asked for a letter at an ICC meeting in August that said government interference into the board's matters could lead to its suspension. This happened two days after the Supreme Court thought there was a possibility that Thakur might face charges for perjury.

He also said the board has not been able to contact the Lodha committee to convey their concerns regarding the implementation of a few of their recommendations "for the last two months."

"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," he said.

"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 further defended the BCCI by calling on the success Indian teams have had on the field in recent times. "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 are in the finals of the Asia Cup. Our women's team has won the Asia Cup. So where are shortcomings? Pressure is being created unnecessarily on us."

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