In a development that was very much one the cards and was been speculated Shashank Manohar has resigned as the BCCI president. He had taken over as the cricket body’s president after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya in October 2015. This was his second stint as the head of the cricketing body. The Vidharbha cricket strongman also quit as the board’s representative on the International Cricket Council and also the Asian Cricket Council.
“I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect from the post of president of Board of Control for Cricket in India. I also resign with immediate effect as the representative of BCCI on the International Cricket Council, as also the Asian Cricket Council on which I was nominated by the general body of BCCI,” Manohar said in a letter to BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur.
“I thank all my colleagues and the staff for their support and cooperation during my tenure. I wish all of you all the very best in taking the cause of Cricket to greater heights,” he added.
Thakur, on his part, cited the new ICC guidelines as the reason behind Manohar’s resignation.
“He resigned because a candidate for the ICC President’s post must be an independent member,” Thakur told the media .
The ICC elections, which will be held later this month, will be overseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee chairman and all present and past ICC directors will be eligible to contest the election.
The move by Shashank Manohar to quit as BCCI president, is widely seen as his step towards becoming the ICC chairman. Few days back according to media reports r the executive board of the global body had passed a rule that ICC’s chairman should be of independent nature and can’t act in dual role keeping his position as his country’s cricketing chief. The ICC is set to elect the chairman in elections, the process for which is set to begin on May 14.
Manohar’s exit could once again re- open the rat race for the BCCI president post. MCA’s Ajay Shirke, Maratha strongman and MCA president Sharad Pawar, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, secretary Anurag Thakur could be in the race to succeed Manohar. Then there could be a consensus candidate . It may be recalled that Shashank Manohar was the consensus candidate of the Sharad Pawar- Arun Jaitley faction. The support of both and Pawar and Jaitley will be the key to the new president .
It will be interesting to see whom the BCCI elects in the days ahead . Given the ever changing loyalties in the BCCI , picking the next BCCI president will not be an easy one . Since the Lodha committee recommendations bars anyone above 70 to hold the post of BCCI president.
(IANS & Agencies)