Just as the fourth ODI was about to commence, a bouncer from the West Indies team shook the BCCI and the Indian team. The West Indies team decided to pull out of the match due to some disputes with the West Indies Cricket Board.The entire HPCA team and the people of Himachal were anxious post hearing the speculation. Meanwhile, Mr. Anurag Thakur, President, HPCA stepped in and had the issue resolved. Mr. Thakur met the West Indies team to request them to play the match. And, with a lot of convincing, the West Indies team decided to go ahead with the match.
Mr. Mohit Sood, Press Secretary, HPCA, “Our worthy president has time and again proved that we couldn’t have got any better leader than him. His last minutes intervention saved all of us from great displeasure. It is very unfortunate that the West Indies Cricket Board has decided to turn down rest of the tour.”The BCCI team’s appeals and requests to the West Indies Cricket Board went unanswered as the team and the board mutually decided to call off the series. BCCI will now be looking at other options available and will be approaching ICC to ensure that the game at large, doesn’t suffer.
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association was formed with the objective of augmentation of game of Cricket in the state of Himachal, in the year 1960. However the Association was granted affiliation by the BCCI at a meeting held on 29th Sept 1984. Till the year 2000 the Association was considered to be minnows of Indian Cricket, it was only in July 2000 that the present set up headed by Mr. Anurag Thakur took over the reins of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and it caught the eyes of many.