I don’t take semi-final decisions: Manohar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Mar 2017 09:36:32


By Rahul Dixit,

NAGPUR,

Mar 15,

AS IS his wont, Shashank Manohar walks the talk. There are no half measures. If a decision is made it has to see the light of the day, is his clear way in life be it personal or professional. Just as he did while quitting the ICC Chairman’s post on Wednesday afternoon. He decided and he did it.


“I don’t take semi-final decisions. My decisions are always final. When I have quit the ICC post due to personal reasons there is no question of going back,” Manohar told ‘The Hitavada’ at his Dhantoli residence.
Manohar’s sudden decision to step down as ICC Chairman caught everyone including the ICC directors as well as BCCI by surprise but the 59-year-old said it had nothing do with ICC, BCCI or any other cricketing issues arising out of the revenue sharing model.


The BCCI is at loggerheads with the ICC over the proposed revenue sharing model that will be put to vote in April. Manohar was the driving force behind dismantling the Big Three revenue sharing model proposed by then chief N Srinivasan in 2014. That model gave a large chunk of ICC revenue to India (BCCI), Australia (Cricket Australia) and England (England and Wales Cricket Board).


Manohar has said the differences he have had with the BCCI over the issue had nothing to do with his decision to quit.
“It has nothing to do with the ICC functioning. I have resigned purely due to personal reasons. And personal reasons mean personal which I can’t share with all,” Manohar said on the timing of his decision to quit.
In fact, Manohar had even told the Committee of Administrators members Vinod Rai and Vikram Limaye about the resignation during their meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday.


Manohar met Rai and Limaye over the proposed revenue sharing model that will be put to vote in ICC meeting in April. he said the meeting was “good and constructive.”
“I told them before the meeting started that I would resign from the ICC. They never took it seriously. In fact Limaye sent me a message today saying ‘we never thought you were serious’,” Manohar said.


The former BCCI chief did not even discuss with any of the ICC directors before arriving at the decision. He only had a talk with his wife Varsha and decided to quit on Wednesday.
“The directors would not have allowed me to resign,” he said. Manohar was the unanimous choice of all directors for holding the first independent ICC Chairman’s post in May 2016. He said he was happy with the work he had managed to accomplish during his eight-month tenure.


The ICC directors and CEO David Richardson called Manohar about the sudden decision but he maintained that it was purely due to “personal reasons” and nothing to do with any of the ICC matter.
In a statement the BCCI expressed its “surprise” at the “sudden decision”.