Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur is not keen in contesting Board's election to be held next month, his brother and HPCA president Arun Dhumal confirmed today.
"No he is not in the run. He is not keen either. Govt has given him very big responsibility (MoS, Ministry of Finance & Corporate Affairs) and there is no time for him for any other thing. Though HPCA would love to have him representvus at the top of BCCI like before but he has already taken a decision and we have to respect that," Dhumal told Republic TV in a telephonic interview from Dharamshala today.
Arun Dhumal, who was elected as the HPCA president as a consensus candidate on Thursday, is in favour of having an experienced candidate with cricket administrative skills to run the BCCI.
"Eligibility, experience, and administrative skills are key qualities required to be BCCI president. There is no dearth of such people in various cricket associations. Known and famous cricket players have also been the heads of many state associations. We have & had people like Brijesh Patel, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble as the head who have done really well. BCCI has produced great administrators in the past like Jagmohan Dalmiya, IS Bindra, Sharad Pawar, Anurag Thakur who had taken the game forward."
"I am not in the race for any post in BCCI and I am happy with HPCA. I have a lot of work to do here following the path of Anurag ji. Today, Himachal Pradesh has tremendous infrastructure, three international stadium, international players, ODI & T20 and Ranji Trophy matches are held here every year. So there has been great progress from where Anurag ji had started. And now I have to take it forward."
Regarding compliance with Lodha recommendations were concerned, he said HPCA was also in compliance with Supreme Court orders. "Like many other associations, we had also felt the impracticality of some of the recommendations that had made the entire office beaers ineligible. There are all experienced people who know how to run the cricket administration. If you make everyone ineligible how will the administration function?" Dhumal pointed out.