International Cricket Council (ICC) has proclaimed that Shashank Manohar, who has served the governing body for over four years, has stepped down from the Chairman’s post. On Wednesday, after the board meeting, ICC decided that the deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja would take over the duty on an interim basis.
Shashank Manohar was elected as ICC’s chairman unanimously in 2016 but resigned from the post in March 2017. Subsequently, he was re-elected without any opposition in 2018. ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney has shown his gratitude towards Manohar for his commitment to sports.
Shashank Manohar was appointed as an ICC chairman in 2016:
“On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.
“Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it,” Khawaja said.
The process to elect the next ICC chairman will be decided within the next week.
How can take over ICC Chairman’s role?
As per reports, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Colin Graves is favourite to fill the post. He would have to resign from the current post by August 31 to join ICC’s office.
Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani’s name is also going around. Board of Control for Cricket in India’s president Sourav Ganguly’s name was also going around the corner after South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith Suggested his name. However, BCCI has not voiced any opinion on the subject.