Shahsank Manohar resigns as BCCI president

Sudipta / 10 May 2016

BCCI president Shashank Manohar resigns as BCCI president to contest for the ICC chairman election. Manohar has been BCCI’s president since N Srinivasan was barred from holding any post in BCCI after Supreme Court found him guilty of conflict of interest as his son in law was found guilty in spot-fixing. This incident led to Chennai Super Kings’ two years suspension from the Indian Premier League.

Since then Manohar was the president for the second time after Srinivasan’s departure. The lawyer by profession promised to reform the ICC and BCCI a better governing body of the game.

Last week, he announced that he intends to lead “a complete review” of the changes made by Srinivasan, Clarke, and Edwards in 2014. He has said that the ICC must be more independent, and so from now on all future chairmen will have to give up their jobs with their domestic boards. He has said that the ICC must be more transparent, and so from now on all Full Member boards will have to present audited accounts on an annual basis. And he has said “no Member of the ICC is bigger than the other”, and so he has stripped England, Australia, and India of their permanent positions on the Executive Committee and the Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee.

And he has said “no Member of the ICC is bigger than the other”, and so he has stripped England, Australia, and India of their permanent positions on the Executive Committee and the Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee.

All of which sounds a little too sensible. Manohar comes across like an actual sports administrator, not a star in a popular soap opera. He seems to believe that it is his business to be efficient, unobtrusive and even-handed. His reign promises to be good for the game, but terrible for the ratings.

Recently Supreme Court ripped apart BCCI with a barrage of criticism as it did not show any intent to follow the apex court’s recommendations. Now after Manohar’s departure, the post of the president is vacant so it will be interesting to watch who will be the next president.

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