ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar Resigns
Written by: Akshaya Avadhani - March 15, 2017
Shashkank Manohar, the ICC Chairman for the last eight months, in a surprise development resigned on Wednesday morning. The Chairman e-mailed his resignation after the short stint to the ICC CEO Dave Richardson. He did not specify any exact reason for his resignation. This un-clarified move before finishing his two year tenure sent shock waves across the BCC.
According to insider reports, Manohar decided to quit as BCCI earned enough ground to block the financial reforms and constitutional changes that were passed by the ICC at the next board meeting. The required reforms need a two thirds majority to pass, but BCCI has managed to already get Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe to their side. Expecting a defeat, the ICC chairman resigned at the earliest.
In his resignation letter, Manohar wrote, “I was elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of ICC last year. 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 also added in conclusion, “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 the last year, Manohar resigned from BCCI saying that he was not able to carry out reforms set by Lodha committee. At that time his nemesis in BCCI said that Manohar abandoned the sinking ship to be safe with the ICC. After this, he became the first independent chairman of ICC to have several run ins with BCCI for revenue sharing. The BCCI felt that to fulfill his personal ambitions with the ICC, Manohar neglected the best interests of BCCI. All his moves for constitutional reforms of BCCI were rejected not only by BCCI but also by Sri Lanka.
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