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The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Ajay Shirke as the BCCI secretary for failing to reform the country's cricket body as suggested by a court-appointed committee.

The court also issued a showcause notice to Thakur and Shirke pertaining to charges of perjury and contempt of court.

The court-appointed committee, headed by a retired judge, suggested in December 2015 that each of the country's states get just one vote in the BCCI and in state cricket bodies, that the age limit of cricket administrators be capped at 70, and that government ministers and bureaucrats be kept out of the cricket authorities.

Thakur and Shirke have until Jan 19 to reply to the Indian apex court's charges.

With India's growing economy, and billions of dollars flowing in from sponsorships, India's top cricket board has seen its power over international cricket grow sharply.

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