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ICC Confirms Process Underway For Election Of Next Chairperson

ICC Board on Monday confirmed that the process is underway for the election of its next Chairperson and is expected to be concluded by early December end. The process though, has started. It is being overseen by the Independent Chairman of the ICC Audit Committee. The first stage for the nominations which are to be made by current Board Directors will end on probably 18 October 2020.

As per the rules outlined in the ICC constitution, any nominee will then need to be seconded by another Board Director to become a candidate in the election. Potential candidates must be either a current or former ICC Director to be eligible.

The position of the ICC Chairman is lying vacant ever since the term of the previous chairman Shashank Manohar ended at the beginning of July. The position was held on an interim basis by Imran Khawaja.

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ICC, chairman. Image Credit: Twitter.

ICC’s Shashank Manohar Inflicted Damage Upon Indian Cricket: N Srinivasan

Niranjan Shah was critical of Shashank Manohar’s term at the helm of cricket’s governing body as according to him. He had damaged the reputation of Indian cricket. He was poorly received in Indian cricket circles.

“BCCI went through much turmoil in the last couple of years. And the ICC, during these years, took undue advantage to damage cricket in India and the BCCI in all possible manner,” Shah had told the Bangalore Mirror.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Upon stepping down, Shashankji must be having mixed feelings about what could have been done for the promotion of cricket at international level and what was done to Indian cricket during his tenure. In the relaxed phase, now he may evaluate his tenures.”

Shashank Manohar who is a cricket administrator apart from being a prominent lawyer twice served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, from 2008 to 2011, and from November 2015 to May 2016. He served as the chairman of the International Cricket Council from November 2015 to March 2017. On 24th March 2017, a resolution was passed to reinstate him as the chairman until a successor was elected.

ICC’s Shashank Manohar Criticized By N Srinivasan Too

Former BCCI president N Srinivasan too severely criticized Shashank Manohar for tarnishing India’s finances and hurting chances at ICC.

During Shashank Manohar’s presidency, India became the No 1 Test side & even won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup after a hiatus of 28 years. He was famous for suspension of the chairman of IPL Lalit Modi, who was vice-president of BCCI too during 3rd edition of IPL.

“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 had told TOI.

“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).

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“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. He has caused huge damage.

“His exit is a relief to Indian cricket. Manohar could never stick around for a fight. In 2015, he left BCCI in the middle of its worst crisis. Now he is leaving the ICC in the middle of a pandemic. Personally, I am happy realising what has happened…that such a person is no more with the ICC,” he added.

N Srinivasan said Shashank Manohar’s exit from ICC will make administrators of India happy besides elaborating the fact that he could not stick around for a long time and left BCCI and ICC in middle of turmoil.

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ICC Chairman Post Vacant; Yet To Decide The Election Procedure

The International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman post is still vacant since Shashank Manohar left the office. It has been over two months but the governing council is yet to find a way to elect the head. Currently, Imran Khwaja, who is the deputy vice-chairman, is fulfilling the duties of the board’s chairman. 

The governing body last meeting was held on May 28 when they discussed the ballot procedure to elect the chairman. But they have till now not taken any final call. 

ICC, Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While talking to the Times of India, the ICC spokesperson informed that the board is working on deciding the election process when asked on a date for the board to meet and discuss the procedures for a ballot. 

“The Chairperson election process is ongoing, and the (ICC) Board are giving it due and careful consideration as you would expect. The business of the ICC continues to be guided by the Board as we collectively focus on emerging from the global pandemic in the strongest possible position.”

The ICC Board is keen to conclude the process: Spokesperson of Dubai-based board

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When asked about any tentative date to a final decision on the protocol, he said that the board also tend to resolve the matter soon. For holding the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the spokesperson said that the meeting is currently being postponed because of the virus. 

“The two are separate issues. The ICC Board is keen to conclude the process to elect a new Chair and are giving it due and careful consideration. Whilst the ICC Annual Conference, of which the AGM is part, was postponed in light of the exceptional circumstances presented to us all by Covid-19,” ICC spokesperson stated.

As far as the election is concerned, the International Cricket Council has been unable to decide if the ballot should be held by way of a simple majority or two-thirds.

Amid the pandemic, the world cricket governing body needs a leader when other association boards are suffering from economic losses. 

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly
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Sourav Ganguly In Focus As ICC To Announce Process To Elect The Chairman

Sourav Ganguly who is the current BCCI president hogs the spotlight as ICC gears up for the meeting to select the next chairman which was vacant after Shashank Manohar stepped down. The key points will be the date of nomination, the margin of victory, and whether Sourav Ganguly will be a contestant. Sourav Ganguly has not shown any positive signs for contesting as ICC chairman, nor has he denied the same.

However, he has gathered support from former captains Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and Graeme Smith of South Africa to take over presidentship. Supreme Court also has not heard BCCI’s plea for term extension forbearers of office and hence Sourav Ganguly has sufficient time to think about the same.

Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)
Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)

 

Dave Cameron Talks About Globalization, Investments From India, And Simultaneous T20 Leagues 

Other names which are in the race for chairmanship include Colin Graves of England, Dave Cameron, acting chairman Imran Khawaja and also Indra Nooyi.

Dave Cameron has headed West Indies cricket for six years has proposed a longer Indian Premier League and he wants all T20 leagues to run concurrently like top-notch football leagues like EPL, La Liga, and Serie A, which start at almost the same time.

“(Playing) Test cricket should be a choice for smaller teams like Afghanistan and Ireland, it should not be mandatory,” Cameron had said. “It is a vision which includes growing the game outside the sub-continent, we need to grow in China and other places. It is a plan that has to include India. Any globalization will require investments from India (who generates 80 percent of game’s revenues).

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter

“I see longer a IPL, I see longer leagues in Australia and England. The most profitable events we have now is T20 leagues and we need to grow that, take them to places like US and grow the opportunities have more players to participate in those leagues and have less international cricket, leading to more profitability.

“This thing of trying to do more ICC events is not going to help the smaller countries because there is not enough space in the calendar.”

 

Nine teams including Zimbabwe were granted Test status gradually a decade back and Bangladesh was included as the 10th one in 2000 before the inclusion of Ireland and Afghanistan as the test teams number went up to 12. IPL will be held after being postponed but will be held abroad in 2020 in UAE amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It will start on September 19 and end on November 10.

Several other T20 Leagues have also started in other countries like West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh though none of them have been as popular as IPL.

Sourav Ganguly Has A Vast Experience In Cricket Administration

Sourav Ganguly has played 311 ODIs and 113 Tests, apart from captaining India from 2000 to 2005 in 146 ODIs and 49 Tests. He has also been the president of the state board Cricket Association of Bengal, his home board before being elected president of BCCI.

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

IPL, cricket’s extravagant league has witnessed the rise of several Indian players where former and current cricketers take active participation by being included in one of the squads of the eight franchises.

Shashank Manohar, Basit Ali, IPL
Shashank Manohar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Shashank Manohar Played Delayed Tactics To Discard IPL 2020: Basit Ali

Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has blamed former ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar for delaying the announcement of suspending the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 to next year.

Earlier this week, ICC officially announced the postponement of the mega event due to COVID-19. Many are blaming BCCI to pressurize the governing body for suspending the tournament to host IPL later this year. However, if Basit Ali is to be believed, the Indian board was not behind ICC’s decision.

Shashank Manohar played delayed tactics: Basit Ali

Shashank Manohar, Basit Ali, IPL, ICC T20 World Cup 2020,
Basit Ali. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Since the outbreak of the virus, speculations of the cancellation of the tournament were going around. Cricket Australia, who had the hosting rights, had also made clear that they would be unable to organize the tournament. However, ICC didn’t take any final call which also hampered BCCI to scheduled IPL later this year.

If Basit Ali is to be believed, the BCCI isn’t at fault as it was Shashank Manohar who delayed the decision as he was against the IPL happening in place of the WC.

It was a clear tactic of Shashank Manohar (the ex-Chairman of the ICC), the World Cup should have been postponed 1-1.5 months back, I am sorry the Indian viewers might feel bad, he did not want the IPL to happen. That is my opinion, I have said this before also. He played the delay tactics,” he said while speaking to his Youtube channel.

Nobody knows the inside story, says Basit Ali

Basit Ali, T20 World Cup 2020
Basit Ali. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Basit Ali also said that the BCCI is being unfairly blamed for the T20 World Cup not going ahead this year. The 49-year-old also went on to say that not many are aware of what happened behind the closed doors in the ICC meeting.

“There has been talk in social media and channels, even I had received calls but I refused to answer, that BCCI has put so much pressure that the World Cup got postponed and stopped the Asia Cup for the IPL to happen. Actually, people do not know the inside story of what was discussed in the ICC meeting. It was already known that the T20 World Cup was never going to happen as Australia had already refused to hold it,” he added.

Earlier, the IPL was scheduled from 29th March and was suspended indefinitely. However, now BCCI has got a clear window so fans are hopeful to witness the cash-rich league.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar. Image Credits: BCCI
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Shashank Manohar Is The Reason BCCI Went Through Turmoil In The Last Couple Of Years: Ex-BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah

Ex-BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah has opened fire against Shashank Manohar, former ICC Chairman for causing a lot of harm to Indian cricket. Prior to this, former BCCI President, N Srinivasan had also stated that Shashank Manohar’s stepping down as the ICC Chief should be a matter of glory for Indian cricket as he has caused a lot of harm to the Indian cricket fraternity being the ICC head.

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.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar

Now, former BCCI Secretary, Niranjan Shah has openly criticized Manohar for his approach towards Indian cricket while staying on the illustrious chair for a couple of years.

Niranjan Shah Lashes Out At Shashank Manohar

“Shashank Manohar stepping down as Chairman of ICC was rather obvious. Shashankji must be having mixed feelings from what could have been done for the promotion of cricket at international level and what was done to cricket of India during his tenure,” Shah said.

Niranjan Shah
Niranjan Shah ({Photo Source: BCCI)

“In the relaxed phase now he may evaluate his tenure as Chairman of ICC and also as of BCCI that has been the platform. He may appraise what damage was done to Indian cricket and BCCI during his tenure; forgetting that cricket and cricket fans of India have given utmost popularity to the game; and also how much revenue and fame cricket of India has brought to the world of cricket,” he said.

Shashank Manohar Is Responsible For BCCI’s Turmoil In The Last 2 Years: Niranjan Shah

Shah further stated, “BCCI went through much turmoil in the last couple of years. And ICC during these years took undue advantage to damage cricket of India and BCCI in all possible manner. However, I am fully confident that present strong and worthy leaderships of BCCI shall have strong, beneficial and constructive representation and initiatives at ICC.”

Shah welcomes advisory to state associations on T20 tourneys
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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.

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Shashank Manhor is serving as the chairman for the ICC. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Shashank Manohar Has Caused A Lot Of Damage To Indian Cricket: N Srinivasan

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.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar

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.

N Srinivasan's son compares him to Orlando killer & wanted Virat Kohli out
N Srinivasan.

“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.

Srinivasan
N Srinivasan is back to chair an informal meeting to decide BCCI’s future.

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.

Shashank Manohar, Basit Ali, IPL
Shashank Manohar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Shashank Manohar Abdicates From ICC Chairman’s Post

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:

BCCI going through turbulent times, says President Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“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?

Colin Graves, ICC Chairman, ECB chairman
Colin Graves. Image Credit: Getty Images.

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.

Sourav Ganguly, Ashok Malhotra, BCCI, ICA
Sourav Ganguly. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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ICC Chairman: Chances Slim Down For Sourav Ganguly As Colin Graves Leads The Race

The much-debated ICC Chairman issue seems to unfold a new theory as Sourav Ganguly’s chances look bleak in the competition. ECB Chairman Colin  Graves remains the number one choice for the post as there are slim chances of an Indian representing the ICC after Shashank Manohar’s reign.

There were talks that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly would be a contestant, but that chance appears slim although there has been no internal discussion on this. With the ICC Board announcing after its June 10 meeting that a decision on staging the World Cup in Australia in October-November will be announced in July, the election process assumes importance in Thursday’s discussions.

Colin Graves, ICC Chairman, ECB chairman
Colin Graves. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The BCCI also thinks other ICC members will not accept another Indian as chairman right after Manohar.

Sourav Ganguly’s Chances Of Becoming The ICC Chairman Slims Out

“I think we have to skip this term at least before we can have the next Indian ICC chairman. Unless there is a great understanding between the boards of all the countries, one Indian in the post followed immediately by another is an unlikely scenario. Good for BCCI in a way,” said a former BCCI office-bearer.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. Credits: BCCI Twitter.

The current crop of officials is new. They will mature and be wiser by the time the ICC elects its next chairman,” he added.

The Decision On The ICC Chairman Might Come Sooner Than Later

The Board is likely to finalize the last date of filing nominations and the election process. Shashank Manohar’s successor was supposed to be elected ahead of the July 24-27 ICC Annual Conference in Cape Town.

BCCI will host dinner party for Shashank Manohar
BCCI will host a dinner party for Shashank Manohar

Under changed circumstances, officials have to decide if the process can be completed online or wait until the situation becomes normal. Although there is no hard and fast rule, usually the BCCI shares the news with member associations, before nominating someone for an ICC post.

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Sourav Ganguly. Credits: BCCI
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Sourav Ganguly Is The Best Man To Become The ICC President: Danish Kaneria

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has said that there is no one better than Sourav Ganguly for the ICC ‘s President role. Kaneria also stated that he will appeal against his life ban before the International Cricket Council (ICC) if Sourav Ganguly assumes the responsibility as the chief of the multi-nation body.

Sourav Ganguly’s name for the ICC President has been on the rise ever since it was announced that Shashank Manohar will soon vacate the post. Cricket South Africa’s chief, Graeme Smith also said that he would vouch for Ganguly if the latter decides to take a shot at the portfolio of being the ICC President.

Sourav Ganguly, ICC Chairman
Sourav Ganguly. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Now, Danish Kaneria has also said that he is hopeful of Ganguly leading the multi-nation board and if he does, Kaneria will appeal against his lifetime ban.

Danish Kaneria Wants Sourav Ganguly To Become The ICC President:

“Yes I will appeal (to Ganguly) and I’m sure ICC will help me out in every way possible,” Kaneria was quoted as saying by India TV when asked about whether he will appeal to ICC if Ganguly becomes its president.

Danish Kaneria
PCB to offer help to banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria find a job.

“Sourav Ganguly has been an excellent cricketer. He understands the nuances. There is no better candidate than him for the ICC president’s role. Ganguly has led India quite well and after that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have carried on. He is currently the BCCI president and I believe he can take cricket forward he becomes ICC chief,” Kaneria added.

Danish Kaneria Has Been Facing A Lifetime Ban For Spot Fixing

Kaneria is currently serving a life ban for spot-fixing during an English County game. Kaneria took 261 Test wickets for Pakistan – a figure only bettered by Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. He was banned for spot-fixing in 2012 while representing Essex. The leg-spinner had initially denied the charge, but in 2018, he finally confessed.

Danish Kaneria seeks BCCI's help
Danish Kaneria. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

With there being chances of Ganguly’s term as the BCCI president ending in July if the Supreme Court doesn’t allow an extension, there are reports of the former India captain replacing Shashank Manohar as the next ICC president.

Also Read: Kiran More Opens Up His View On MS Dhoni’s Future

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Shashank Manohar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Three Candidates Who Can Replace Shashank Manohar From ICC Chairman’s Post

International Cricket Council Chairman Shashank Manohar, who is also a prominent Indian lawyer, has served for governing body for over four years. He will step down from his post after his second-term ends later this year.

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 confirmed that he has not sought an extension to his tenure but would remain the interim chairman till the new person is appointed.

So, as he vacant the post, there are speculations on who would be the successor of Manohar. Here we have listed three prominent candidates who could replace him from ICC’s Chairman’s post.

Graeme Smith:

Graeme Smith, ICC's chairman
Graeme Smith. Photo Credit: Gallo Images

After initially taking over South Africa’s director of cricket on an interim basis late last year, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed in April that Graeme Smith would be remaining in the role for two years. According to cricket pundits, his appointment can help the Proteas to build a brighter future.

The former captain, who scored 9,265 Test runs and a further 6,989 in ODI cricket, is a prominent figure in the cricket history. He is the most successful test captain in test history (53 test wins) and also the only captain to have registered 50+ test wins. His cricket knowledge and experience might make him the next possible ICC chairman.

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