Manohar retains leadership role at ICC

Shashank Manohar has today (Thursday) become the first elected independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) following approval of constitutional amendments by the sport’s world governing body.

Manohar (pictured) will commence his two-year term with immediate effect having paved the way to securing the position by resigning as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday.

The ICC in February unveiled governance reforms in a move that will seek to cut back the powerful positions established in the global game by the national bodies of India, England and Australia. Among the reforms put forward was re-establishing the ‘independent’ position of ICC chairman.

Manohar last year took over the remainder of former BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan’s ICC chairman tenure until June 2016. Under the new rules, while in office, the ICC chairman will not be allowed to hold any post with any national association leading to Manohar withdrawing from his role at the BCCI.

According to the election process, ICC directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or past ICC director. Nominees with the support of two or more full member directors would have been eligible to contest the election, which was scheduled to have been concluded by May 23.

However, given that Manohar was the sole nominee for the position and the ICC board unanimously supported his appointment, the independent audit committee chairman, Adnan Zaidi, who has been overseeing the election process, today declared the process complete, and Manohar the successful candidate.

Manohar is a prominent Indian lawyer who served his first stint as the BCCI president from 2008 to 2011. Following the passing of Jagmohan Dalmiya, Manohar was re-elected as the BCCI president in October 2015 and, by virtue of that position, had held the role of ICC chairman since then.

Commenting on his election, Manohar said: “These are exciting times for international cricket as we are presently carrying out a comprehensive review of the 2014 constitutional amendments which is aimed at not only improving governance structures, but cricket structures as well. The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition.”

In order to accommodate the new position of an independent chairman, on Monday the ICC Full Council unanimously approved various amendments to the governing body’s constitution. The amendments also included the abolishment of the president’s post with effect from the 2016 ICC Annual Conference in Edinburgh.