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Shashank Manohar elected as ICC chairman for 2-year term

Published May 12, 2016, 11:42 am IST
Updated May 12, 2016, 12:01 pm IST
The Nagpur bigwig recently stepped down from the post of BCCI president.
Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar was elected as International Cricket Council chairman for the period of two years. (Photo: AFP)
 Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar was elected as International Cricket Council chairman for the period of two years. (Photo: AFP)

Mumbai: Shashank Manohar was elected as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman on Thursday. He will hold the office for two years.

Manohar, who stepped down as BCCI president on Tuesday, became the first independent chairman to hold the office.

According to the election process, ICC directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or past ICC director. Nominees with the support of two or more Full Member directors would have been eligible to contest the election, which was scheduled to have been concluded by 23 May.

However, given that Manohar was the sole nominee for the position and the Board has now unanimously supported his appointment, the independent Audit Committee Chairman, Adnan Zaidi, who has been overseeing the election process, has declared the process complete, and Manohar the successful candidate.

Manohar is a prominent Indian lawyer who served his first stint as the BCCI President from 2008-2011. Following the passing of Jagmohan Dalmiya, Manohar 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."

Manohar only took the board's top position last October and his term was one of the shortest terms ever served by a president. Manohar's predecessor Dalmiya's reign lasted only six months — from March to September 2015 — until he passed away.

Commenting on his election 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.

In order to accommodate the new position of an “independent” ICC Chairman, on Monday the Full Council unanimously approved various amendments to the ICC’s constitution. The amendments also included the abolishment of the President’s post with effect from the 2016 ICC Annual Conference in Edinburgh, which has become redundant.

Location: India, Maharashtra