Supreme Court judges in India have ordered the dismissal of the most senior figure in Indian cricket over the failure to enact a series of recommended reforms, plunging the game's most powerful body into turmoil.
In a shock ruling, a panel of Supreme Court judges said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and number two Ajay Shirke must stand down immediately.
Thakur said he would respect the decision, while voicing bitterness at the court for siding with a retired judge who had been demanding the shake-up in the BCCI's governance.
India's Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of Anurag Thakur as president of the country's powerful cricket board over the failure to enact recommended reforms
My statement on the Supreme Court [ ][ ][ ] 'The Supreme Court passes an order directing the BCCI president and secretary to desist from any board functions from here on,' said the ruling.
The order comes after judges slapped restrictions on the BCCI last year over its failure to implement a series of reforms recommended by a panel headed by a former top judge, Rajendra Mal Lodha.
Cricket's massive popularity in India has helped the BCCI become by far the wealthiest of all of the sport's national boards,