BCCI welcomed its new president Anurag Thakur on Sunday and the former secretary of Indian cricket's governing body has wasted no time in making some major announcements pertaining to cricket reforms. Looking at the announcements, it looks like being an exciting time for Indian cricket, outside the cricketing field as well, with Thakur desperate to make some interesting changes.
BCCI have recently been ordered by the Supreme Court to follow the Lodha Committee recommendations, with several cricketing boards, so far reluctant to follow that order. While the announcements are not exactly on those lines, there does seem to be a conscious effort being made by the BCCI, from the Shashank Manohar take over onwards, to become a lot more transparent than they have been in the past.
Here is a look at some of the major announcements that Thakur made after being appointed as the new chief of BCCI:
# The Board is to put up an advertisement for the position of the coach (for Team India) which is vacant and the last date to submit respective applications will be June 10.
# Santosh Rangnekar has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as suggested by the Lodha Panel in their recommendations for BCCI reforms.
# All the state units have been asked to create official Facebook and Twitter accounts. They have also been asked to open official websites where they will be engaging the fans by uploading relevant information.
# India women cricketers to get Central Contracts. Anurag Thakur has asked for a detailed report on this, which has to be implemented and submitted within a month.
# A total of Rs 100 crore have been earmarked for one-year water conservation project using Solar Panels. BCCI will try 'Rain Water Harvesting' and 'Sewage Treatment' to conserve water during crisis like drought, for which a number of IPL games had to be moved out of Maharashtra.
# A sum of Rs 5 crore have been kept aside for the aid of deaf and dumb cricketers in the nation for the next five years.
# A bare minimum of 10 percent free tickets have to be allotted for female students and specially-abled persons.
# Physically challenged persons will now have a designated seating areas inside the stadiums across the country.
# All the stadiums in India will have seat numbers for the convenience of spectators.
# BCCI to create 'Mobile Coaching App', which will be licensed by the Board itself. This app will be used in remote areas where they can get access to state-of-the-art coaching.