Former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), N Srinivasan, has said that Shashank Manohar vacating the office as the ICC Chief is a good sign for Indian cricket. Srinivasan said that holding the significant position, Shashank Manohar has caused a lot of damage to Indian cricket and his departure will only be in the good of the Indian cricketing circuit.
On Wednesday, the ICC said that Shashank Manohar stepped down from the role of ICC chairman after two 2-year tenures at the top job. The ICC Board met and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected.
Now, former BCCI President, N Srinivasan has openly criticized Manohar for his approach towards Indian cricket while staying on the illustrious chair for a couple of years.
N Srinivasan Lashes Out At Shashank Manohar
Stressing that Manohar caused a lot of damage to Indian cricket by hiring the country’s finances at the ICC, Srinivasan said Indian cricketer fraternity will be happy that Manohar resigned from the role of ICC chairman.
“My personal view is he has done so much damage to Indian cricket that every person involved in Indian cricket will be happy (with his exit),” Srinivasan told The Times of India.
“He has hurt India’s finances in the game, has hurt India’s chances at the ICC, he has been anti-Indian and has reduced India’s importance in world cricket. He is running away now because he knows he will not get any bow from the Indian leadership,” N Srinivasan added.
Shashank Manohar Knew He Wouldn’t Be Able To Continue For A Long Time: N Srinivasan
Srinivasan said Manohar knew that he would not be able to represent India after newly-appointed office-bearers took charge of the BCCI last year.
“Ever since the new leadership has come into BCCI, Shashank knew he could not afford to represent India and use that as a vehicle for his convenience. He knew he had no chance (to continue) and therefore he had run away,” Srinivasan said.
The BCCI has been in a tussle with Shashank Manohar ever since he was appointed the ICC chief 2 years ago. Shashank is accused of limiting India’s share of revenue in ICC’s total revenue. While the ICC adopted the Big Three model during the tenure of Srinivasan as ICC chairman, Manohar’s leadership cut down India’s share in the revenue model.
Recently, he was under tremendous fire for delaying a final call on the ICC T20 World Cup so as to hamper the IPL‘s proceedings even after Australia themselves stating that they are not in a position to hold the multi-nation tournament this year.