Manohar commissions new ICC governance review, eyes another term as chairman

International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar has announced the commissioning of another review into international cricket’s governance, indicating that he intends to stand for a third two-year term in the role.

The decision will also step up the ICC’s conflict with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which will not be represented on the working group commissioned to carry out the review. Neither will the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). 

Instead, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings will head up a committee that also includes Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, New Zealand Cricket chairman Greg Barclay, Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani, Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt and Cricket Scotland chairman Tony Brian. 

The review could lead to the fourth major change to governance structure of international cricket in the last seven years, and steps up the ongoing attempts to decentralise power away from cricket’s ‘Big Three’ nations of Australia, England and India. Eddings and his working group will review the composition of the ICC executive board, the gender balance within the highest levels of the organisation, and the professional governance practices of the body. 

There are hopes that the latest action will prove more effectual than previous attempts, as it is being carried out by the ICC’s membership, rather than an external, independent review such as 2012’s Woolf report, whose findings were immediately rejected by the BCCI.

Given the timeframes involved, with the working group not set to convene until February 2020 and Manohar’s second term as ICC chairman set to expire in May, the BCCI believes the commissioning of the review is a signal of his intent to run for a third term, from 2020 to 2022.