Anurag Thakur Favourite to be the New BCCI President

Although, Thakur is being tipped to take over the hot seat but IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla is also in the running along with Maharashtra CA president and business magnate Ajay Shirke.

Anurag Thakur Favourite to be the New BCCI President

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur is most likely to replace Shashank Manohar as president of the world's richest cricket body, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo. Manohar stepped down as BCCI president and as chairman of the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.

Although, Thakur is being tipped to take over the hot seat but IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla is also in the running along with Maharashtra CA president and business magnate Ajay Shirke.

As per BCCI rules, a Special General Meeting (SGM) has to be convened within 15 days, apprising the members of the current situation. It is the prerogative of secretary Thakur to call such a meeting.

Manohar in a letter addressed to Thakur on Tuesday, Manohar said, "I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect from the post of President of Board of Control for Cricket in India."

"I thank all my colleagues and the staff for their support and cooperation during my tenure. I wish all of you all the very best in taking the cause of Cricket to greater heights."

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had last month decided that its chairman will be an independent one, who will be elected by a secret ballot in May and will not be allowed to hold any national or provincial position with any member board. Manohar has been tipped the frontrunner for the post.

The BCCI accepted Manohar's resignation, acknowledging the contribution made by him during his tenure.

"The BCCI confirms that Mr Shashank Manohar has resigned from the post of President, BCCI. He has also resigned as the BCCI representative on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council," Thakur said in a release.

"The BCCI places on record its deep appreciation of the immense contribution to Indian cricket made by Mr. Manohar," the release stated further.

(With PTI inputs)



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