Former BCCI President- Shashank Manohar elected as ‘first independent’ Chairman of ICC

Shashank Vyankatesh Manohar

Mumbai: After stepping down from the BCCI’s presidential position on Tuesday, 10th May, the Shashank Manohar was elected as International Cricket Council- ICC’s chairman today on Thursday, 12th May and now he will continue to hold the office of such chairman of ICC till the end of two years. He is reportedly become the first independent chairman to hold such office.

Notably, in the process of election of the ICC’s Chairman, the directors of the International Cricket Council each were allowed to nominate one candidate who had to be either a Present or part ICC director. The candidates or nominees who are having supports from 2 or more Full Member Directors of ICC were taken as eligible for contesting the said elections. And such elections were scheduled to be concluded by the 23rd day of this month.

However, when Shashank Manohar filed his nomination, he found to be sole nominee for the position of chairman and the Board has now collectively supported appointment of Manohar. As such, Adnan Zaidi- a chairman to independent audit committee, who was to oversee the entire election process, finally declared that the election process is completed and he also declared Manohar as successful candidate.

Shashank Manohar, who was earlier a prominent lawyer in India, had earlier served firstly as President to the Board of Control for Cricket in India from the year 2008 to 2011. Later again he was re- elected as BCCI’s President in the year 2015 (October) following to the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya, and on Tuesday he resigned the position.

While in his resign letter which was addressed to the Secretary of BCCI- Anurag Thakur, Manohar wrote that “I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect from the post of President of BCCI.” Also he wrote “I also resign with immediate effect as the representative of BCCI on International Cricket Council, as also the Asian Cricket Council on which I was nominated by General Body of BCCI.”

His term as the President to the BCCI was the shortest ever term of One year served by President. However, when he was elected as Chairman to ICC, he commented that “it is an honour to be elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities.” Besides this, Manohar also thanked his colleagues in BCCI for their support during his recent time as President to BCCI.

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