Expelled BCCI president Anurag Thakur found an unlikely ally in former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly who tweeted that the Indian cricket needs him back. Ganguly’s tweet came after Thakur wished Ganguly’s birthday on Saturday (8th July). Ganguly in reply wrote: “dear Anurag thank u so much … need u back in Indian cricket …”.

Anurag Thakur and other office bearers of BCCI were removed from their posts by the Supreme Court of India as they were found guilty of “obstructing” the major overhaul at the BCCI ordered by the apex court of India in January earlier this year.

SC appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is supervising the implementation of Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations in order to overhaul the Indian cricket administration. With the Himachal Pradesh MP lied to SC that he never sought any letter from ICC that implementation of Lodha Committee recommendations would lead to the destruction of BCCI. Also read: Team India’s Coach Hunt: Ravi Shastri Top Contender, Six to be Interviewed

As Thakur was found guilty for denying fact to the SC he was removed from BCCI.  In the wake of this, Thakur was asked by the SC to tender afresh an “unequivocal” and “categorical” apology before it in a contempt case initiated against him.

An SC bench conspiring of justices Dipak Mishra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said it was not going to consider the earlier affidavit of apology filed by Thakur and asked him to file a “one-page short affidavit” tendering an unconditional apology.

Facing contempt of court of proceedings Thakur told SC that the ‘contemptuous” portion of his October 15, 2016, affidavit was dictated by ICC chief Shashank Manohar. Also read: Fast bowler Suffers Horror Head Injury During NatWest T20 in England, Watch Video

Coming under pressure Thakur narrated the sequence of events leading to the filing of the  October 15 affidavit. “During my visit to Cape Town, South Africa, on October 12, 2016 for an ICC meeting, I brought the order of the SC to the notice of ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and showed Manohar the points and basis on which I was going to depose in the affidavit before the SC with a view to ensure that the discussion that had taken place was accurately placed on record before the court,” Thakur said in his affidavit filed through advocate Abhinav Mukherji.

“Thereafter, Manohar personally dictated a portion of my affidavit. The dictation was taken down by my executive assistant Krishna Pophale in my presence. At the end of this dictation, Manohar had also remarked that it was natural for me (Thakur) to ask him (Manohar) for a clarification as I was not a lawyer and did not understand the nitty gritty of the issue. Accordingly, para 3 and 4 of my affidavit dated October 15, 2016, filed before the Supreme Court are based on the dictation of Manohar,” he added.