Rahul Johri was on Wednesday appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He will be the first person to take over the post in the Indian cricket board. Rahul Johri worked with The Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take on his new role starting June 1 and will be reporting to the BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, a statement from the Board said.

49-year-old Rahul Johri, who had previously worked with global sports management from International Management Group (IMG), said he looked at his new job as an opportunity rather than a challenge. Rahul Johri told Mirror, “There is no job in the world that is without challenges. But it is also an opportunity and I am looking forward to it.”

Anurag Thakur, Lok Sabha MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, is the secretary of BCCI. It’s imperative to mention that the creation of such a one of the changes recommended by the Lodha panel in its report in January this year. The panel had stressed the need for the BCCI to separate its governance and management duties, with the CEO taking charge of the management side. The board has not set out the contract details of Johri but for the record, Lodha panel had said that a CEO’s tenure should be five years. As of now MV Sridhar has been taking care of the cricket operations of the board as general manager.

Rahul Johri was the Discovery’s South Asia operations where he worked for over 8 years and had resigned from his post in February this year.

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