Shashank Manohar steps down as BCCI pres­i­dent

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

NEW DELHI—Shashank Manohar re­signed on Tues­day as pres­i­dent of the In­dian cricket board, re­ports and a se­nior source within the or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

A se­nior of­fi­cial with the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI), speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, con­firmed to AFP that Manohar had re­signed but gave no fur­ther de­tails.

In­dian news­pa­pers have been re­port­ing for sev­eral days that Manohar would re­sign his post at the BCCI in or­der to stand for re-elec­tion as head of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil.

“I hereby ten­der my res­ig­na­tion with im­me­di­ate ef­fect from the post of Pres­i­dent of Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia,” Manohar said in a let­ter to BCCI sec­re­tary Anurag Thakur. “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.”

Thakur con­firmed to ANI that Manohar had stepped down be­cause of the up­com­ing ICC elec­tion, for which the nom­i­na­tion process be­gan on May 8. The ICC had an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary that its new chair­man would be in­de­pen­dent and no longer be able to hold a po­si­tion with their home board, like Manohar and his pre­de­ces­sor N Srinivasan had done.

The ICC elec­tion will be over­seen by the body’s in­de­pen­dent au­dit com­mit­tee chair­man and all present and past ICC direc­tors will be el­i­gi­ble to con­test. Can­di­dates can only be nom­i­nated by a fel­low ICC di­rec­tor and a di­rec­tor can make only one nom­i­na­tion. Any nom­i­nee with the sup­port of at least two Full Mem­ber direc­tors will be put for­ward as a can­di­date for chair­man.

Manohar had been elected BCCI pres­i­dent in Oc­to­ber 2015 - his sec­ond term af­ter the death of Jag­mo­han Dalmiya. Ac­cord­ing to the BCCI con­sti­tu­tion, in the case of the pres­i­dent re­sign­ing, the sec­re­tary will have to call a special gen­eral body meet­ing with two weeks no­tice to de­cide on the way for­ward.

Manohar’s res­ig­na­tion came amid the In­dian board’s le­gal trou­bles with the coun­try’s Supreme Court in the wake of the Lodha Com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions to re­struc­ture the or­gan­i­sa­tion.—AFP

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