New Delhi | In a shocking development, The ICC, governing body of world cricket has written a letter to the BCCI, drawing its attention to board secretary Anurag Thakur socialising with a suspected bookie recently.
The ICC letter is dated April 22 and addressed to BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.
It informs him about allegations against Thakur meeting with one Karan Gilhotra a couple of days after being elected as BCCI secretary.
The letter apparently included photographs of Thakur cutting a cake and handing a piece to Gilhotra.
Gilhotra’s name is on the latest database of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit(ACSU).
The ICC mail stated that its ACSU had received unverified information in 2014 that Gilhotra was trying to befriend IPL players and support staff.
”Ravi Sawani, director of the BCCI ACSU, had written to all franchise managers in 2014 advising them to take steps to make sure Gilhotra wasn’t entertained by any of their squad members,” it said.
Thakur did not respond to repeated calls.
Gilhotra has sent a notice to the ICC for mentioning his name in their database.
”I have never received any communication from the ICC, the BCCI or any IPL franchise in this regard. I am a cricket lover. I am a social person and I love to meet and interact with people.
The pictures being circulated in the media were clicked at my wedding anniversary party in Chandigarh last month,” Thakur said.
Incidentally, BCCI’s first working committee meeting under new chief Dalmiya did not discuss this matter in Kolkata yesterday.