Anurag Thakur was unanimously elected as BCCI President in the Board’s Special General Meeting (SGM) here on Sunday.
Thakur will be replacing Shashank Manohar who stepped down from the position to take up the ICC chief’s job.
Thakur, who was serving as the Secretary of the Board, was proposed for the job by the East Zone, whose turn it was to project the candidate for the coveted post.
Thakur, also a BJP MP in Lok Sabha, had the backing of all the east zone members including Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Tripura and the National Cricket Club.
The 41-year-old will be taking over the reins of the embattled Board in rather tough times as the BCCI is facing heat from the Supreme Court to implement the Justice RM Lodha Committee’s recommendations for sweeping reforms.
Manohar’s exit from the top post barely seven months into his tenure has necessitated the election of the new chief of the world’s richest and most powerful cricket body. Manohar was elected as ICC’s first independent chairman on May 12.