The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday (April 5) appointed former Gujarat DGP Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala as the head of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit.
Shabir Hussein, a 1973-batch IPS officer, will replace Ajit Singh, former DGP of Rajasthan, as the new head of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit. Mr. Singh had been working with the BCCI since April 2018 and his tenure ended as the head of BCCI’s ACU on March 31.
Mr. Khandwawala, who retired as Gujarat DGP in December 2010, had reportedly attended the final ODI between England and India last month in order to get an idea of how things work in the BCCI.
It is being said that the Indian cricket board didn’t invite applications for the post of BCCI’s ACU chief.
He felt honored to join the Indian cricket board while hailing the BCCI as the best run cricketing body in the world. He also congratulated Ajit Singh for doing a great job as the head of the BCCI’s ACU.
On his appointment, Khandwawala told PTI: “It is a matter of a great honour that I am part of the BCCI which is the best run cricketing body in the world. Besides my expertise on security matters, what should help me in this role is my love for the game.”
The 70-year-old further added, “I also want to congratulate my predecessor for doing a fine a job and keeping Indian cricket's image clean.”
The new ACU chief will be flying to Chennai on Wednesday (April 7) to start his work ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 starting April 9.
Noteworthy, Khandwawala had served as an advisor to the Essar Group for 10 years after his retirement as Gujarat DGP, as well as, was also a part of the Central government's Lokpal Search Committee, which was mandated to appoint the Lokpal in the country.
(With PTI Inputs)