Anurag Thakur is one of the youngest BCCI Presidents © Getty Images
Anurag Thakur is one of the youngest BCCI Presidents © Getty Images

Jammu: Marred by controversies in the past, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Monday said that it is hopeful of full support from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after MP Anurag Thakur taking over as President of BCCI. “We are hopeful that BCCI will support JKCA under the vibrant leadership of Anurag Thakur,” JKCA’s representative in BCCI Committee Ranjeet Kalra told PTI. Kalra said,”The new President Anurag Thakur is a dynamic and progressive leader and is well aware of the problems being faced by JKCA. We have been facing a lot of problems in J&K, due to floods and other recurring controversies. Our players are suffering. We need big time support from BCCI to build infrastructure and to promote cricket in the state”, he said. READ: Anurag Thakur not youngest-ever BCCI President

“Both Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke are men of integrity and have a visionary approach. Both have raised modern and big stadiums at Dharamshala and Pune respectively,” he said. Kalra said:”We at JKCA are hopeful that their rich experience shall come in handy to put our association back on track.” READ: Anurag Thakur elected BCCI President; one of the youngest to the post

JKCA general secretary Iqbal Shah, who attended the BCCI SGM at Mumbai on Sunday, said: “I have had very fruitful discussions with the President who has assured us all the help to build cricket in the state”. “I am sanguine that the BCCI shall patronise us and support our cricketing initiatives,” he said.

Thakur took over as President on Sunday, after former President Shashank Manohar resigned from the post to become ICC chief.