MUMBAI: Former Indian cricket board chief Shashank Manohar resigned as independent chairman of the International Cricket Council ( I C C ) on Wednesday. A day after he met the chief executive officer and top administrators of BCCI, setting off speculation that the Indian board had conveyed to him that it might oppose his proposed reforms within the running of the game.
Shashank Manohar Quits From ICC Chairman Post
In a letter addressed to ICC chief executive David Richardson, Manohar said. “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. “However, for private reasons it’s impossible for me to hold the august office of ICC Chairman. And thus I’m 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 want ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights in future”. Manohar was elected unopposed because the ICC’s 1st independent chairman. Since one not affiliated to any of its member boards – in might 2016 for a two-year term. Since then had become the driving force behind the ICC’s retreat from the governance structures created by the big 3 boards of BCCI, CA and ECB in 2014.
In February this year, the ICC had passed in principle a new constitution that undid much of the imbalance in power and finances the BCCI, CA and ECB had sought-after to make in 2014. However a final judgment was to be taken at the ICC Board’s next round of meetings in April. Manohar, however, can now not be the head of the ICC at those meetings and what impact. Since if any – his absence has on those proposals remains to be seen.
The ICC confirmed receipt of Manohar’s resignation and said: “The ICC Board can assess the situation and next steps before creating a further announcement”. When Manohar replaced N Srinivasan as BCCI president in November 2015. He also became the ICC chairman by virtue of being the head of the Indian board. Later that month, Manohar spoke out against the big 3 revamp of the ICC. “I do not trust the 3 major countries bullying the ICC,” Manohar has said. “That’s my personal view, because as I have always said, an institution is greater than people.”
In his dual role as BCCI president and ICC chairman, Manohar was the person behind the move to own an independent chairman head the ICC. Since the first step of the rollback that he would try to push through. On May 10, 2016, within the wake of the Lodha Committee’s report that recommended a severe shake of the administrative structures of the BCCI, Mahohar quit as board president. 2 days later, he was elected unopposed as the 1st independent chairman of the ICC.
The next step for the ICC executive board are going to be to appoint an interim chairman. Hence before holding elections to find a permanent candidate. They’ll decide to hold elections by the next round of board meetings in April or even before that. 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. Till the conclusion of the next Conference at that 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 1 nominee is allowed per director. Any nominee with the support of at least 2 Full Member directors is eligible to stand for election. Interestingly, BCCI went into a huddle on Wednesday with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in Colombo in a separate meeting called to mark Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence next year. The Zimbabwe Cricket Board was also invited and all the member boards resolved to side with BCCI in opposing ICC’s proposed reforms. The Bangladesh board later confirmed this in a statement.
The proposed reforms at ICC, being pushed by Manohar, revolve around bringing down the existing big 3 financial model that guarantees BCCI. Cricket Australia and the England Cricket Board further income based on the revenue they bring to the table. Having given his commitment to ICC’s member boards that he would bring about a “fair and balanced” administration within the game’s parent body. Manohar decided to quit once it became clear that he would not be given the space to do so.
The BCCI, meanwhile, issued a politically correct statement on Wednesday evening which read: “BCCI expressed its surprise at the sudden decision of Mr Manohar to step down. (His) contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable. He’s a person of few words but excellent deeds.”
THE MANOHAR’S JOURNEY IN INDIAM CRICKET BOARD
- Coming from a family of lawyers, Shashank Manohar is himself a prominent lawyer and cricket administrator from Nagpur.
- Was the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) from 2008 to 2011. He quit after India won the World Cup
- Following a revolt against ex BCCI president & ICC chairman N Srinivasan, he returned as the BCCI president from Oct 2015.
- In Nov 2015, he introduced a series of reforms in the BCCI. Like appointment of an ombudsman to look into conflict of interest issues, hiring leading accountancy firm Deloitte under `project transformation’. Which went on to highlight massive corruption in a few BCCI state units.
- Became the chairman of the ICC from November 2015, dethroning Srinivasan.
- In May 2016, he quit both the BCCI and the ICC, before going on to become the first independent chairman of the ICC.
- His detractors in the BCCI at that time said he left a sinking ship for the safer confines of the ICC. He countered that the he quit the BCCI. Because he would be unable to implement the Lodha reforms in the board. And he felt that the ICC must have an independent chairman.
- As the ICC chairman, he had several run-ins with the BCCI on the revenue sharing pattern. His decision to bring in constitutional reforms was severely opposed by the BCCI.
- Quit the ICC on March 15, 2017 due to “personal reasons”, thus ending prematurely what was supposed to be a two-year term at the helm.