PCB Chairman at the ICC, Ehsan Mani affirmed that India and Pakistan have good relations at the ICC (International Cricket Council). The ICC board members had a meeting on Monday to decide on the ICC Chairman elections procedure and schedule.
“There was absolutely no rift between PCB and BCCI at the Directors meeting. The two-thirds or simple majority was not discussed at all,” Ehsan Mani confirmed to The Indian Express via a text message.
Former ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar had stepped down from the post on June 30 and it is vacant since. Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja is currently assuming the responsibilities of chairperson until the next person is appointed for the post. According to sources, the board didn’t make a final decision yesterday. Chief Executive Manu Sawhney who doesn’t have a vote, is aiming to pick the next independent chair based on a consensus of the 18 member board of the ICC.
The postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup has led to economic crisis worsening for the ICC. The Coronavirus hit world has also hit ICC’s revenue streams and almost every cricket nation is banking on bilateral series to generate revenue. India is the biggest contributor of revenue generation in the sport and hence other cricketing nations are looking ahead to play with India in a bilateral series.
According to sources the ICC panel also wants BCCI to take the lead in these tough times. The next Chairman will highly depend on BCCI’s backing, watching the current scenario. BCCI is willing to build consensus for the next ICC chair. The next Chairman is highly likely to be an Indian or someone backed by the Indian board. However, a senior BCCI official told the board is waiting for the election procedure and timeline to be released.
ICC Waiting On BCCI’s Supreme Court Hearing
The BCCI is to face the Supreme court of India next week, including the watering down of the cooling-off clause and changes in disqualification criteria that the cricket board has requested for, next week.
As per the BCCI constitution, Saurav Ganguly has supposedly ended his respective term as office-bearers, state association and BCCI combined as the President of the board. ICC is waiting on court’s hearing on the 17th August. It will all depend on whether Saurav Ganguly’s term as the President of BCCI is extended because he may be a candidate for the ICC’s Chairman post.