In a stunning turn of events, Shashank Manohar on Wednesday resigned as International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman citing personal reasons. His resignation, after just eight months in office, abruptly ends his two-year tenure. The 59-year-old Manohar mailed his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson.
According to highly-placed sources, Manohar decided to quit after BCCI gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were set to be passed by the ICC at its next board meeting. Any reform to be passed needs 2/3rd majority but BCCI, it seems, has managed to get Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on its side. Expecting a loss of face, it seems Shashank Manohar resigned with immediate effect.
“I was elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of ICC last year. I have tried to do my best and have tried to be fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board and in matters related to Member Boards along with the able support of all Directors,” Manohar has stated in his resignation letter.
However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence I am tendering my resignation as Chairman with immediate effect.“I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights,” he concluded.
Shashank Manohar had last year resigned from the BCCI President’s position citing his inability to carry out the Lodha Committee reforms in toto. His detractors in BCCI, at that time, had said that he left a sinking ship for the safer confines of the ICC. He became the first independent chairman of ICC but had several run ins with BCCI on revenue sharing pattern. The BCCI officials believe that for his personal ambitions to head the ICC, Manohar had not cared about the BCCI’s interests.