HARPAL SINGH BEDI / New Delhi
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) WEDNESDAY expressed its surprise at its former chief Shashank Manohar’s decision to step down as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“Manohar’s contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable. He is a man of few words but excellent deeds,” the BCCI said in a statement and added”The BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) was looking forward to a long-term cooperation between the ICC and the BCCI with Manohar at the helm of affairs,The BCCI wishes him the very best for his future endeavours.”
The 59-year-old Nagpur based lawyer was unanimously elected as the ICC’s first independent chairman last year. His two-year term was to end in May 2018. His decision to quit after only eight months in the office came as a big suprise.
Earlier Manohar sent his resignation to ICC CEO Dave Richardson.”I have tried to do my best and have tried to be fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board and in matters related to Member Boards along with the able support of all Directors”. he wrote in his resignation letter.
“However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence I am tendering my resignation as Chairman with immediate effect. I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights in future.” he added
Confirming Manohar’s resignation the ICC said, “The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement.”
According to the ICC constitution: “In the event that the Chairman shall, for any reason, be unable to fulfil or continue to fulfil his duties, then the Executive Board shall appoint an acting Chairman from within the Executive Board to assume such duties until the conclusion of the next Conference at which a new Chairman is elected or, if sooner, upon the existing Chairman being able to fulfil or continue to fulfil his duties.”
All present and past ICC directors were eligible to contest the election at the time of Manohar’s election. Candidates could be nominated by fellow ICC directors, and only one nominee is allowed per director. Any nominee with the support of at least two Full Member directors is eligible to stand for election.
Manohar took over from N. Srinivasan in May last year after giving up his position of the BCCI President.Since then, he has tried to curb the limit the infulence wielded by the BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The ICC had passed in principle a new constitution last month that corrected some of the imbalance in influence and financial power of the BCCI, CA and ECB. A final call on the new constitution was to be taken at the next round of meetings by the ICC boards next month.
Manohar was two time president of the BCCI , from 2008 to 2011. then after the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya, he was elected BCCI President in October 2015.