Manohar quits as ICC chairman

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Mar 2017 08:44:19


By Rahul Dixit,

NAGPUR,

Mar 15,

Citing personal reasons, Shashank Manohar abruptly ends his two-year tenure in mere eight months

DROPPING a bombshell on Wednesday afternoon, Shashank Manohar resigned as Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) citing personal reasons, just eight months after getting elected unopposed in May 2016 for a tenure of two years.


Manohar mailed his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson at Wednesday noon even as he continued with his work in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for the day.
Though the ever-creative rumour mills kept making speculations over Manohar’s sudden resignation the 59-year-old maintained that he was quitting purely due to “personal reasons”.


In a letter to Richardson, Manohar said: “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.” Since taking over as the first independent chairman of the world cricketing body, Manohar took some pathbreaking decisions including revoking the controversial Big Three revenue model. The new revenue model which got in-principle nod from member boards, except BCCI, in the February ICC meeting, will now be put to vote in April 2017.


The Big Three model, which had larger chunk of ICC revenue going to India, Australia and England, was floated by then ICC chief N Srinivasan. Manohar had opposed it even when he was not in the BCCI. Later, when he took over as Board President for the second term the Nagpur-based lawyer had convinced the BCCI to oppose it, saying it was unfair to the playing countries. After the Lodha committee reforms were accepted by the Supreme Court Manohar quit the BCCI to take up the ICC position.


However, later the changes made by Manohar were opposed by BCCI. Speculations were rife about BCCI garnering enough support to block the ICC move in the April meeting. However, sources in ICC told ‘The Hitavada’ that all the member countries barring BCCI were on the same page regarding the new revenue model.


During the February meeting Manohar had quoted on the ICC website: “It is no secret that in our recent past the ICC has taken decisions that were in retrospect not always in the best interests of the game as a whole. I believe 2017 is the year when we start to reverse that and provide a genuine opportunity for our sport to grow.”


Manohar had also proposed significant changes to the structure of bilateral cricket, which includes a nine-team Test league and a 13-team One-Day International league leading into qualification for the World Cup 2023.


The BCCI reacted to the development saying the “sudden decision” had caught them by “surprise”. “Manohar’s contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable. He is a man of few words but excellent deeds. The BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) was looking forward to a long-term co-operation between the ICC and BCCI with Mr. Manohar at the helm of affairs. The BCCI wishes him the very best for his future endeavours.”