Anurag Thakur © IANS
Anurag Thakur © IANS

Anurag Thakur is all set to be named as the next president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), following the resignation of Shashank Manohar from the top post. Manohar was elected as an independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and it is expected that Thakur will find no competition to become the president of the world’s most powerful and richest cricket governing body. It is being reported that Thakur has been nominated as the candidate by all six associations from the East Zone in the country, and Ajay Shirke is likely to take over the post of the BCCI’s secretary. ALSO READ: Ponting believes Dravid is ideal candidate for India’s coach

According to The Indian Express, Thakur was always the likely candidate for the BCCI president’s post. All six bodies in the East Zone — Cricket Association of Bengal, National Cricket Club of Kolkata, Orissa Cricket Association, Assam Cricket Association, Jharkhand Cricket Association, and Tripura Cricket Association have nominated the BJP MP as their candidate.

“All six associations in East Zone has agreed to nominate Thakur for president post. We have sent out nomination form to him few days ago,” said Gautam Roy, the president of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA).

According to the by-laws of the BCCI, any person contesting for the president’s post needs a proposer. The person needs to have one proposer from the zone which is electing the president and this time around, it is the time of the East Zone to select the BCCI president. With Thakur emerging as the red-hot candidate, the special meeting is expected to be a low-key affair.

“Thakur has been unanimous choice of all East Zone members, he has done a good job as a secretary. We all felt that he is right candidate for the post,” an officer from the East Zone association said.

Meanwhile, Shirke, who had resigned as the treasurer of the BCCI in the wake of the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal, is set to return as the board’s secretary. The report added that Shirke lives in London for 6 months every year, but for this post he will move back to the country.