Elected unopposed, Shashank Manohar becomes ICC chairman

Days after steeping down as BCCI president , Shashank Manohar has been elected as the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a five year term till 2021.

Elected unopposed, Shashank Manohar becomes ICC chairman

Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar  was elected unopposed as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He is the first to bag the post without any board affiliation. Manohar stepped down as the head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) .

"I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition," Manohar said in a statement after being elected.He will have five year term till 2021.

Manohar's second stint as the BCCI boss only lasted for seven months. He took over following the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya in October 2015.

Meanwhile, Shashank Manohar's resignation as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opened the doors for many cricket administrators in the country to apply for the top post.

According to media reports  coming in there is lot of speculations going on and the inner battle are drawn among the Board members to replace Manohar, the current board secretary Anurag Thakur and Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla are among the front runners for the post. MCA president Ajay Shirke too is in the race for the top job.

As per BCCI rules, a Special General Meeting (SGM) has to be convened within 15 days, apprising the members of the current situation. It is the prerogative of secretary Thakur to call such a meeting.

It may be noted that Manohar's resignation from the BCCI comes at a time when  the Supreme Court appointed  Lodha Committee report has asked tough questions and and many times pulled up the  richest cricket board in the world regrading its functioning , transparency and asking it to reform in the larger interest of the game in the country. Forced on the back- foot the  BCCI has been very apprehensive to act on the  Lodha panel's recommendations, which include one-state, one-vote, barring of politicians from the board, legalisation of betting. (IANS)