Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar has resigned from his as post as the chairman of the International Cricket Council, ending an eight-month reign at the top of world cricket.
In his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson, Manohar cited personal reasons for stepping down. He did not give further details.
Shashank Manohar in his resignation letterFor 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.
However, according to PTI sources, Manohar decided to step down as BCCI seems to have gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were spearheaded by him and set to be passed by the ICC at its next board meeting.
Any reform to be passed needs 2/3rd majority but BCCI, in all likelihood, has managed to get Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on its side.
It is learnt, expecting a loss of face, Manohar has resigned with immediate effect.
Shashank Manohar’s resignation letterI 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 had last year resigned from the BCCI citing his inability to carry out Lodha Committee reforms in toto. His detractors in BCCI at that time had said 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.
His decision to bring in constitutional reforms has been severely opposed by BCCI along with Sri Lanka.