BCCI forced to play waiting game in current crisis: Anurag Thakur

Updated: Dec 29, 2016, 14:22 IST | PTI |

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur yesterday conceded that the current crisis facing the Board is not in the best interest of cricketers but the body will have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives its verdic

Anurag Thakur
Anurag Thakur

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur yesterday conceded that the current crisis facing the Board is not in the best interest of cricketers but the body will have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives its verdict on January 3.

"We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub judice. We are in a problem and we need to wait till January 3," Thakur said.

He was referring to the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee's recommendations in the BCCI, which the Board has not been able to implement as yet. Thakur took a dig at former cricketers about being critical of BCCI administration. "The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us," he said.

When asked why BCCI can't have one lakh coaches for one lakh village panchayats, he remarked: "We have a lot of money but we can't spend it. We need permission for it." Thakur was referring to the SC directive of stifling of funds for the Board. He also took a dig at the International Cricket Council for not including India in the Working Group. "Every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without BCCI, they should know global cricket needs BCCI," he said.

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