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Manohar to continue as ICC chairman

Shashank Manohar will serve a second term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after it was confirmed that he was the sole nominee put forward by the ICC Board.

Manohar, who became the first independent ICC chairman in 2016, will continue for a second two-year term following his unopposed re-election. Elections would have been held at the ICC’s annual conference next month, but the ICC today said it had received no eligible nominations to challenge Manohar, the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

In May 2017, Manohar decided to complete his full two-year term as chairman amid efforts to drive through reform in the world game. Manohar’s decision came after he in March agreed to defer his resignation, which he had announced earlier in the month, citing personal reasons. The decision followed an ICC Board resolution to request him to remain in charge of cricket’s global governing body.

During the last two years, Manohar has led significant reform of the sport. This has included February’s appointment of Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of multinational food and beverage corporation PepsiCo, as the organisation’s first independent female director.

In October, the ICC Board approved the launch of a new nine-team Test league and 13-team one-day international (ODI) league in 2019 and 2020 respectively. This will seek to bring context to the global game and provide more opportunities for more members to compete.

In June, Afghanistan and Ireland were elevated to become cricket’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations, while the BCCI reached an agreement to end its financial dispute with the ICC. The decisions followed the unanimous adoption of an extensively revised constitution for the ICC which included the unanimous agreement of a new financial model.

Commenting on his re-election, Manohar said: “Together we have made big strides over the last two years, fulfilling promises I made to the sport when I was appointed in 2016.

“Over the next two years we can look forward to launching a global strategy for the sport in partnership with our members so we can grow the game and ensure more of the world can enjoy cricket. The sport is in good health but we are the guardians of the game and we must continue to work hard to maintain that.”