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If Indian cricket requires me, I won’t shy away: Thakur


Team Udayavani, Jul 16, 2017, 3:52 PM IST

New Delhi: He has been away from the hullabaloo of Indian cricket for the last six months but former BCCI president Anurag Thakur says if required, he “won’t shy away from accepting responsibility”.

The Supreme Court recently dropped perjury charges against Thakur after he tendered an unconditional apology. He was removed from the BCCI by the Supreme Court in January for failing to convince Board members to implement the Lodha Reforms.

Since then, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has spent an unsuccessful six months failing to make any headway in the matter.

Recently, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, while accepting birthday wish from Thakur, urged him to make a comeback into cricket administration.

“It was kind of Sourav to have said something like that. I feel humbled when a former India captain says something like that. I have not decided anything but if Indian cricket requires me, I will be always available. I have never shied away from responsibility,” Thakur told PTI today.

Asked if he is a relieved man, Thakur said: “I had complete faith in judiciary”.

The Hamirpur MP has been very busy with his political work as well as looking after other sporting activities.

“During all these months, I was busy doing what I love most — promoting sports. I organised the Himachal Pradesh State Olympics, which was a huge success. I am also involved with Hockey Himachal as promoting Olympic sports in the state has been one of my prime endeavours,” said Thakur.

“Also, I am the chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology, my constituency work in Hamirpur — I had a very busy six months,” he said.

Thakur, however, didn’t wish to comment on the ongoing drama regarding appointment of chief coach and support staff.

He doesn’t want to talk on BCCI’s internal matters and only twice has he aired his views on cricketing matters.

The first time was when he supported Virat Kohli after the ‘cheatgate’ incident during the home series against Australia and then when Kohli was being criticised after the infamous fallout with former coach Anil Kumble.

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