Anurag Thakur has been very active since taking over as BCCI President recently Photo Courtesy: ANI Twitter handle
Anurag Thakur has been very active since taking over as BCCI President recently Photo Courtesy: ANI Twitter handle

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur was seen playing cricket with the visually impaired cricketers during his visit to Shillong in Meghalaya. Thakur has been active ever since he has taken in charge as BCCI President over 10 days back. He has been on the tour of the north-east for a few days and has also visited Dimapur in Nagaland. He has given the BCCI’s backing to encourage more and more cricket in those areas. Thakur became one of the youngest BCCI Presidents when he was unanimously elected as President after Shashank Manohar quit the post to become the President of ICC. READ: BCCI invites applications for India’s Head Coach

The BCCI president, who took charge 10 days back, was on a whirlwind tour of the New Area Development Project (NADP) states and began with a trip to Dimapur yesterday igniting hopes of transforming the standard of cricket in the region. “As BCCI President, I am making this announcement that within next couple of months we will start the indoor facility here,” Thakur said while addressing 25 players drawn from NADP states who are undergoing national training. READ: Thakur believes politicians have ability to head sports bodies

Acknowledging that cricket is an expensive game, Thakur urged affiliate and associate member states likes Meghalaya to keep promoting the game by holding camps and games in an organised way. “In future, you will get lot of support from BCCI including infrastructure funding,” he said, adding that the BCCI is “creating a blueprint” for cricket in North East. Urging the member states to send the balance sheet to get the annual grants due to them, the BCCI President also hinted at doubling the annual grants. READ: Anurag Thakur inaugurates Mulapadu Cricket Centre

 

The BCCI President further announced that a tournament will be organised within July 31, where associate and affiliate members will get opportunity to play in junior tournament from where national selectors will pick 15 players who will then participate in BCCI’s various age-group national championships.