New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India has summoned a special general meeting in Mumbai on May 22 to elect a new president following the resignation of incumbent and new International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar.
Sitting secretary Anurag Thakur is tipped to take over the post for the one year of the presidency remaining, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Manohar being the previous two in the post.
According to sources, there major reason for Thakur emerging as the front-runner was that the other contenders do not want to step in for what is essentially an interim presidency and are keeping their powder dry for next year when the full three-year term comes up for election.
The name of Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke has also cropped up in this connection.
Indications though are that a contest will be avoided if possible with Shirke moving into the secretary’s post in preparation for next year’s full-term election.
If he is indeed elected on May 22, Thakur, at 41, will become the Indian cricket board’s youngest ever president.