Manohar agrees to stay on temporarily as ICC Chairman

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Mar 2017 07:49:05

By Rahul Dixit


Mar 24,

TAKEN aback by the sudden decision of Shashank Manohar to quit as ICC Chairman citing “personal reasons”, the ICC directors, including BCCI’s representative Vikram Limaye, have managed to persuade the Nagpur-based lawyer to defer his resignation till the world body’s annual conference in June.The ICC Board passed a resolution where nine full members and three associates requested Manohar to remain in post.

The resolution was sent to Manohar on Thursday which, the 59-year-old said, needed to be respected.“It would have been inappropriate to say no to the 12 directors who have shown such confidence. My decision to quit on personal reasons stays but I will continue till the annual conference,” Manohar told ‘The Hitavada’ from Goa, where he is on a holiday.

Manohar had resigned from the post on March 15 citing personal reasons. Though different theories attributed various reasons behind the sudden step the ICC directors were keen on convincing Manohar to continue till the ICC Constitution and Financial reforms were passed in the Board meeting in April.ICC confirmed that Manohar will remain as chairman till June.

The ICC’s press release said: “ICC chairman Shashank Manohar has today agreed to defer his recent resignation following an ICC Board resolution to request him to remain in post was passed with overwhelming support earlier this week. In a significant show of support for Mr Manohar, the Board asked him to withdraw his resignation or at the very least defer it until the ongoing process relating to governance and financial restructuring are completed.’’

Since Manohar’s resignation the ICC directors, including WICB’s Dave Cameron, ECB’s Giles Clarke, Cricket Australia’s David Peever, and CEO Dave Richardson had been in touch with him to change his decision.“They had been calling everyday asking me to reconsider my decision. I told them it was absolutely on personal reasons that I had quit,” Manohar said.

Later, nine full members of the ICC Board including India, Australia, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Bangladesh, England and West Indies; and three associate members Singapore, Ireland and Namibia passed a resolution for Manohar’s continuance till the annual conference in June. Sri Lanka’s Thilanga Sumathipala could not be reached, it has been learnt.

“I respect the sentiments expressed by the Directors and the confidence they have reposed in me. In the light of this, and although my decision to depart due to personal reasons has not changed, I am willing to continue as Chairman till the responsibility as per the resolution is complete. I have a duty to work with my colleagues to enable a smooth transition and continue our work on the governance of the ICC,” Manohar was quoted in the ICC release.

Australia’s Peever said: “We all believe that Shashank should be the man to see it through and whilst respectful of a decision made for personal reasons, we are delighted that he has agreed to remain in post until the completion of the 2017 Annual Conference where we can elect a successor.”

BCCI’s Vikram Limaye added: “It is important that the current issues are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. We had a productive meeting with Mr Manohar recently (prior to his resignation) wherein we outlined the concerns of BCCI on the financial model and governance issues and our suggestions for resolution. We are committed to working with ICC for a satisfactory resolution of these issues.”