Anurag Thakur (Above) has taken over from Shashank Manohar as the new BCCI President © CricketCountry
Anurag Thakur (Above) has taken over from Shashank Manohar as the new BCCI President © CricketCountry

Newly elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur has said that the players can rest ahead of the Zimbabwe tour. But he has given the selectors all the freedom to decide which players to pick, and who to rest for the upcoming tour. India play Zimbabwe in three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three T20 Internationals (T20I) beginnings from June 11. It was Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in Zimbabwe in 2015 and it is to be seen he plays the same role yet again. India are most likely to field a second string side once again. Hence there are doubts if big guns like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will tour Zimbabwe. READ: Anurag Thakur becomes one of the youngest BCCI Presidents

On this issue, Thakur, who was addressing the press in Mumbai after taking over as President said, “If a player wants to rest before the tour of Zimbabwe, he can. However, the final selection call will be taken by the selectors and also regarding which new player should come in or wants to tour Zimbabwe” READ: Anurag Thakur in favour of implementing ‘practical’ Lodha Committee recommendations

Thakur, who was the BCCI secretary, had filed his nomination for the post on Saturday and has been elected uncontested as the new President of the organisation. Earlier, names like Sharad Pawar and Ajay Shirke were being speculated to be in contention for the post alongside Thakur. However, Shirke had demolished all the speculations saying, “When Jagmohan Dalmiya was in power, it was Thakur who took the important calls. With Manohar’s entry, it had left Thakur playing second fiddle. It would be safe to assume with Manohar’s departure, Thakur would want to wrest back his position of power. Shukla too has been given complete control of the IPL and enjoys a lot confidence among most members,” as reported by Hindustan Times.