BCCI stands ‘no comments’ on Anurag issue

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Kolkata: The BCCI is unlikely to act on the ICC’s letter to its President Jagmohan Dalmiya in which it is alleged that Board Secretary Anurag Thakur was photographed with a suspected bookie during a function in Chandigarh.

Media reports on Sunday claimed that BCCI was sent a letter by the ICC about Thakur being seen with an alleged bookie Karan Gilhotra but Thakur has not made any comments on the controversial issue.

The media reports quoted from a letter by ICC CEO Dave Richardson about Thakur being seen with Gilhotra, the BCCI members are not paying heed to the issue as they feel, it is the handiwork of ICC Chairman N Srinivasan.

“Everyone knows who runs the ICC. Since skeletons of N Srinivasan run administration are tumbling out of the closet, the former president is trying to malign Thakur’s image. There was absolutely no discussion at the working committee meeting and informally we all agree that Srinivasan is behind all this,” a WC member, who was present during four hour long meeting on Sunday, told PTI.

When asked if Dalmiya will act on this ICC letter, the source emphatically denied any such move.

“Dalmiya and Thakur share a nice working relationship as they together ousted Srinivasan from his hot seat. Also we find it weird that just after CSK low price demerger was questioned, ICC came up with this letter,” he said.

A member of the Srinivasan faction said the Tamil Nadu strongman knew well that the current dispensation won’t do anything but this was his way of “retaliating”.

“Richardson is just a messenger. He only carried his boss’s instructions. Obviously, the battle is far from over.

The more attacking Anurag gets with Srinivasan, the more counterattacks will come his way,” the Srinivasan loyalist said.

A fresh controversy hit the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as pictures of secretary Anurag Thakur socializing with an alleged bookie Karan Gilhotra emerged on Sunday.

The pictures showed Thakur cutting a cake, Gilhotra feeding Thakur a piece of cake and Thakur returning the favour.

As per a news report in DNA, ICC CEO Dave Richardson sent a mail to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya notifying him about the BJP MP’s association with Gilhotra, who is on their Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) database.

However, the Indian board did not any formal comment on this issue.

As per the ICC mail, their ACSU had unverified information in 2014 that Gilhotra was attempting to get friendly with IPL players and support staff.

Ravi Sawani, director of the BCCI ACSU, had written to all IPL team managers back then, asking them to ensure Gilhotra was not given access to players and support staff.

As per a picture released by a news website, Thakur and Gilhotra are seen together at a cake cutting ceremony. However, it would be unfair at the moment to draw any conclusion regarding the nature of relationship between the two.

“I can only laugh at this. I have already sent a notice to the ICC for mentioning my name in their database. I have never received any communication from the ICC, the BCCI or any IPL franchise in this regard. I am a cricket lover. I am a social person and I love to meet and interact with people.

“I know Anurag for more than 10 years. The pictures being circulated in the media were clicked at my wedding anniversary party in Chandigarh last month. Do you think Anurag, a sitting MP of the BJP, will be associated with a person involved in illegal activities? Just because I know people and party with them, it doesn’t mean I am involved in any wrongdoing,” Gilhotra told DNA.

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