Full Text: Anurag Thakur's letter to N Srinivasan on 'bookie', 'betting' row

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Mumbai, April 27: The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) secretary has hit back at International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan.

In a letter, Thakur has targeted Srinivasan's family members saying their "invovlment in betting has been proved".

File photo of Anurag Thakur

The issue started when ICC wrote to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya stating that Thakur was associated with a "suspected bookie". Now, Thakur has shot a letter back to ICC chairman denying having any knowledge of this person's "activities as a suspected bookie."

Thakur tweeted a copy the letter on Monday afternoon. And we might not have seen the end of this.

Here is the full text of Thakur's letter to Srinivasan

"Dear Mr. Srinivasan,

The BCCI has received intimation from the ICC ostensibly under your direction that I should keep away from one Mr Karan Gilhotra who is a 'suspected bookie.' The intimation further states that the information is unverified. I have earlier been the Joint Secretary of the BCCI under your President-ship and I am now Secretary, BCCI. I only wish that you had shared the list of 'unverified suspected bookies' with me and other colleagues so that we could identify such persons and keep away from them. I have known this person who has been active in the poilitical and cricketing activities in Punjab and adjacent States. I had no knowledge or any clue about his 'activities as a suspected bookie.'

It is curious that intimation about my having known this 'suspected bookie' was brought to the ICC notice by your friend Mr. Neeraj Gunde. Mr Neeraj Gunde incidentally is circulating to the media in Delhi the details of documents against your critics in the BCCI. He operates on your behalf. A procured complaint and an ICC advisory based on 'unverified information' was issued at your behest on the eve of the BCCI Working Committee meeting. It was intended to be a counter offensive on your behalf, since you have not reconciled with my election as Secretary, BCCI. I would request at least now share with me or other colleagues in BCCI the list of suspected bookies in India, so that we may keep away from them. You may also share this information with your family members, whose involvement in betting has been proved.

Since the ICC advisory to me had been made in public, I would be making this letter to you public.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

(Anurag Thakur)"

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