Anurag Thakur was elected as BCCI President on Sunday © PTI
Anurag Thakur was elected as BCCI President on Sunday © PTI

The newly appointed BCCI chief and BJP MP Anurag Thakur was accorded a warm reception on his arrival at his parliamentary constituency Hamirpur on Friday. Speaking at the Bachat Bhawan, Thakur thanked the people of the constituency for electing him thrice to Lok Sabha and also helped him in his cricketing career. Thakur said as BCCI chief, his endeavor would be to promote all types of sports in India and that Himachal Pradesh would get its adequate share. He said that he would ensure that India achieved top positions in all formats of games and “best among best would be chosen to represent the country.” ALSO READ: Anurag Thakur not youngest-ever BCCI President

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) led by their President Thilanga Sumathipala and the board members congratulated Thakur on being elected the new  Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. Thakur was unanimously elected the new BCCI chief in a meeting held in Mumbai on Sunday. At 41, he is one of the youngest to assume the post. Thakur has taken charge of the BCCI after serving as the Secretary under Shashank Manohar and earlier to Jagmohan Dalmiya. The post was left vacant as his predecessor Manohar resigned to become the new ICC chief. Ajay Shirke was also appointed Secretary after Thakur’s elevation as the President of the board. ALSO READ: BCCI contemplate mini IPL in September 2016

BCCI on Sunday tweeted about Thakur being elected as the new man in power. In presence of all the crucial board members, Thakur was declared the President. With this, he becomes one of the youngest to become the President of the organisation since India’s independence in 1947.  Manohar, who had taken over the post after Jagmohan Dalmia’s sudden demise, gave it up on May 10 and was elected unopposed as the new International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman.