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Manohar resigns from ICC chairman's post

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

In a stunning turn of events, Shashank Manohar today resigned as International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman citing personal reasons, abruptly ending his two-year tenure in a mere eight months.

The 59-year-old Manohar mailed his resignation letter to CEO Dave Richardson without clarifying the exact reason for this sudden move.

However, according to highly-placed sources, Manohar decided to quit after gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were set to be passed by the at its next board meeting.

Any reform to be passed needs 2/3rd majority but BCCI, in all likelihood, has managed to get Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe on its side.

It is learnt, expecting a loss of face, Manohar resigned with immediate effect.

"I was elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of 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," Manohar has stated in his resignation letter.

"However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the august office of 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 for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights," he concluded.

Manohar had last year resigned from the President's position citing his inability to carry out the Lodha Committee reforms in toto. His detractors in BCCI, at that time, had said that he left a sinking ship for the safer confines of the

He became the first independent chairman of but had several run ins with on revenue sharing pattern.

The officials believe that for his personal ambitions to head the ICC, Manohar had not cared about the BCCI's interests.


Manohar's decision to bring in constitutional reforms has been severely opposed by along with

The is expected to pick Manohar's replacement next month at its Executive Board meetings. As per norms, it has to be an individual who does not hold office in his home Board.

All present and past directors would be eligible to contest the election if it happens. Candidates would be nominated by directors and only one nominee would be allowed per director.

Nominees having the backing of at least two Full Member directors would be eligible to stand for election.

The said it has received Manohar's resignation and will comment only after taking stock of the situation.

"The has confirmed it has received an email from Chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation. The Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement," the world body stated in a brief press release.

Manohar was elected unopposed as ICC's first independent Chairman after he quit the President's position in May last year.

Since taking over, he had vehemently opposed the concentration of executive power with the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In February this year, the passed a new constitution which ended the 'Big Three's' hold over decision-making and finances. But a final decision on this was to be taken at Board's meetings next month.

First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 18:23 IST