Shashank Manohar Quits As International Cricket Council Chairman

Shashank Manohar (file photo) - Sakshi Post

After only ten months of his election, Shashank Manohar on Wednesday resigned from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman with immediate effect.

The 59-year old was elected unopposed for the position in May 2016 and he became the first independent Chairman of the game’s governing body.

After his election for a two-year term, he stepped down as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Shashank Manohar was chiefly responsible for trying to reduce the influence wielded by the Big Three (India, England and Australia) on the revenue sharing of ICC and under his leadership which lasted around ten months, ICC went back to its earlier financial model.

Manohar is a prominent Indian lawyer who served as BCCI president for the first time from 2008-2011. The Vidharbha cricket strongman was leading an effort to decentralise the power held by BCCI, CA and ECB.

He reportedly left the BCCI president post as he believed the recommendations made by the RM Lodha panel were impossible to implement. He was succeeded as BCCI president by Anurag Thakur whose stubborn resistance to implement the Lodha reforms led to his sacking by the Supreme Court in January.

India Today published the resignation letter sent by Manohar to ICC CEO David Richardson:

To, David Richardson,Chief Executive, ICC.

Dear David,

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.

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.

Best Regards,

Shashank Manohar

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