Shashank Manohar steps down as ICC chairman after two stints

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Updated: Jul 01, 2020 7:49 PM

The Current Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will handle the affairs of the ICC till the election of the next ICC chairman.

Shashank Manohar has served two consecutive terms as the ICC chairman starting 2016 when he was also the president of the BCCI. (File image: Reuters)

Shashank Manohar stepped down as Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) today. Manohar has called it a day after the completion of his second term as the head of the global cricket governing body. The ICC is likely to decide the process for the selection of the next chairman by next week.

The Current Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will handle the affairs of the ICC till the election of the next ICC chairman. Khwaja expressed a sense of gratitude for the outgoing chairman and said that Manohar has left cricket and the ICC in better shape than it was when he assumed office as the chairman.

“On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”, said ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney.

Shashank Manohar has served two consecutive terms as the ICC chairman starting 2016 when he was also the president of the BCCI. He then resigned from the post of BCCI president and also as the representative of the BCCI and Asian Cricket Council on the ICC Board. After completion of the first term in 2018, he was elected unanimously by the ICC board in 2018.

His tenure as the ICC Chairman ran into some serious conflict issues between the major cricket boards, especially the BCCI as he decided to walk away from the constitutional changes brought by the ICC in 2014. As per a Reuters report, the constitutional changes were designed to give almost total command of the ICC’s policies and benefits to BCCI, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the changes were commonly called as ‘Big Three’ formula.

Likely Contenders for the next ICC Chairman

Current BCCI President and former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly’s name has been doing rounds for the post of ICC chairman for some time now. He has also earned backing from some of the players-turned administrators such as Graeme Smith. However, neither the BCCI nor Sourav Ganguly have made their stand clear on the issue.

Apart from Ganguly, ECB Chairman Colin Graves is also one of the frontrunners to replace Manohar for the chairmanship of the ICC but he needs BCCI’s support for his election to the top job at the ICC but BCCI is yet to clear its stand on the election.

Reportedly, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani had also thrown his hat in the ring for the ICC Chairman post but it is unlikely that he will get support from the BCCI given the rising hostility between the BCCI and PCB in the last few years. BCCI, in the past, has blamed Mani for helping Manohar in changing the Big Three formula that otherwise would have given it more share of the revenue generated by the ICC and hence Mani’s rise to the chairmanship of the ICC seems unlikely at this stage.

Other names that include the former head of the Cricket West Indies Dave Cameron,  current Director of the New Zealand cricket board Gregor Barclay, and the President of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chris Nenzani have also shown their willingness to run for the ICC’s top job. CSA had also backtracked from the Graeme Smith’s call for support to Sourav Ganguly as the next ICC Chairman.

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