Dharamshala: Dynastic and family rule has extended to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) with Arun Dhumal, younger brother of Anurag Thakur, minister of state in the Modi cabinet and son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, being unanimously elected as the new president of the sporting body.
Arun Dhumal takes over as the president of HPCA from his elder brother who was in the saddle for about two decades.
Speaking to the media after an election was held here today, the newly elected HPCA President said “ I am thankful to all past presidents of HPCA , who have contributed their best, but ‘am specially proud of the work done by Anuraag Thakur for state cricket. Dharamshala is now known throughout the world because of the lovely cricket stadium built under the guidelines of Anuraag ji.”
Earlier Arun Dhumal was declared elected as HPCA President unopposed by election observer, Manisha Nanda, (retired IAS officer) today.
Others office bearer declared elected unopposed were Sumit Sharma (secretary), RP Singh (vice-president), Avineesh Parmar (treasurer) and Amitabh Sharma (joint-secretary). Chander Mehta and Vishal Sharma have been made nominees to the BCCI.
Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI.
In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.