Shashank Manohar was elected as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman just a while, for a two-year term.
On Tuesday, Manohar stepped down as BCCI president and became the first independent chairman to hold the office.
Each ICC director, be it past or present, will be allowed to nominate one candidate. The nominees, who gets the support of two or more directors would be eligible to contest in the election, which was scheduled to have been concluded by 23rd May. But being the sole nominee for the position, Manohar was appointed unanimously by the board members.
From 2008-2011, Manohar served his first stint as the BCCI President. Following the passing of Jagmohan Dalmiya, he was re-elected as the BCCI President in October 2015 and, by virtue of that position, has held the role of ICC Chairman since then.
In a letter addressed to Anurag Thakur, the secretary of the BCCI, Manohar said, “I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect from the post of President of Board of Control for Cricket in India. I also resign with immediate effect as the representative of BCCI on the International Cricket Council, as also the Asian Cricket Council on which I was nominated by the General Body of BCCI. I thank all my colleagues and the staff for their support and cooperation during my tenure. I wish all of you all the very best in taking the cause of Cricket to greater heights.”
Reacting after electing as ICC chairman, Manohar said, “It is an honour to be elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities. I also take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the BCCI who have supported me during my recent time as the BCCI’s President.
“These are exciting times for international cricket as we are presently carrying out a comprehensive review of the 2014 constitutional amendments which is aimed at not only improving governance structures, but cricket structures as well. The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition,” added Manohar.
By Phani Ch