Mumbai: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has come down heavily on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were removed by the Supreme Court. The former cricketer said the cricket body has lost its face internationally.
"The BCCI has lost face internationally after this entire saga," Gavaskar was quoted as saying by NDTV. “We are in for a complete new era for Indian cricket," added the former cricketer.
Thakur and Shirke were removed from their respective position for failing to implement the Lodha Panel recommendations. Gavaskar is happy that players can now be part of decision-making in the state elections.
"Once the Supreme Court gives order, that has to be accepted. I think the judgement was given in July and the Supreme Court was waiting for the compliance. Show me an organisation which doesn't have a scope for improvement but now the good thing is that the players will be able to take part in the state elections," he added.
Gavaskar, who feels India is embarking on a new era for cricket, thinks former captain Sourav Ganguly will be an able replacement for BCCI’s top spot.
"BCCI has got a very good bench strength to take up the bigger rolls and one name that comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly. Remember, in 1999-2000 when Indian cricket was gripped by the match fixing saga, Ganguly was given the Indian team captaincy and he turned it around," Gavaskar concluded....