The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed surprise over Shashank Manohar’s decision to step down as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman. Manohar was at the helm of affairs of the supreme cricket body for eight months before resigning from the post on March 15, citing personal reasons.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday expressed its surprise at the sudden decision of Mr. Shashank Manohar to step down from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman,” BCCI said in a release.
“Mr 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 cooperation between the ICC and BCCI with Mr. Manohar at the helm of affairs,” it added.
Earlier, speculations were doing the rounds that Manohar resigned as he was bound to face strong response for the constitutional reforms within the ICC, which further includes the revenue sharing model and the World Test Championship which is based on 9-plus three (in a meeting which is scheduled for next month at the ICC headquarters in Dubai.)
In a bid to scrap the constitutional reforms, India require four votes out of 10 Test-member nations to stay in a strong position, which further has better financial backup than its counterparts.
Earlier, the reports said the BCCI officials had a meeting with the functionaries of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe cricket boards.
In a bid to improve cricket in India to provide free and fair game; the new interim caretakers of the BCCI which include Vinod Rai, Vikram Limaye and BCCI CEO itself Rahul Johri had put in massive effort to impress the boards of other cricket playing nations.
The COA is further setting up things in order, before elections to run the BCCI following their status report on reforms.