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Sourav Ganguly wants to see Anurag Thakur back in Indian cricket

Anurag Thakur's wish on Sourav Ganguly's birthday made the legendary icon reply back in a manner which clearly hints a desire to see the former president back.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: July 09, 2017 18:26 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Former India Cricketer Sourav Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his desire to see ousted Board of Control for India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur back in the affairs of the Indian cricket. Ganguly made the comment on Thakur's Tweet to him on his birthday on July 8. Ganguly turned 45 on Saturday. 

Ganguly is a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee, which also includes Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The committee has been given the task of choosing India’s next head coach after the exit of Anil Kumble, who left after his one-year term expired with the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy in England last month. The nominees who have applied for head coach of the Indian cricket team consists of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh.

Thakur along with former BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was sacked from the board by the Supreme Court for "obstructing" and "impeding" its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body. The Supreme Court later appointed a Committee of Administrators to oversee BCCI's functions in January earlier this year after the removal of the former president and secretary.

Ever since then the Supreme Court has been supervising the daily affairs of the BCCI by appointing a CoA, which includes Vinod Rai, Vikram Limaye, Dianna Edulji. Historian Ramachandra Guha was also initially a part of the CoA but left it in June.

Thakur has been embroiled in a legal tangle after the Supreme Court had initiated contempt proceedings against the BJP MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh for filing a false affidavit over writing to the ICC on the issue of autonomy against an implementation of Justice Lodha panel's reform recommendations.

The apex court on Friday asked Thakur to tender afresh an “unequivocal” and “categorical” apology before it in a contempt case initiated against him. A bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said it was not going to consider the earlier affidavit of apology filed by Mr. Thakur and asked him to file a “one-page short affidavit” tendering unconditional apology.

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