March 15, New Delhi: Leaving the top position vacant, Shashank Manohar has resigned as ICC Chairman with immediate effect just eight months after seeking the role to head the World Cricket.
Manohar has cited ‘personal reasons’ to step down before the completion of his 2 years term. In May 2016, Manohar who was then president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was elected unopposed as ICC chief and became the first independent member to hold the position.
He was setting chord for decentralisation of the power and monopoly held by ‘The Big Three’ in Cricket: Cricket Australia (CA), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and BCCI.
The former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President sent a copy of his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson on Wednesday.
“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.
“However, for 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,” Manohar said in the letter.
During the election process last year, he was the sole nominee for the position of ICC chairman and the ICC board unanimously supported his appointment.
He was a successful leader and the issue of imbalance in power and finances created in 2014 were temporarily undone in February this year. A new constitution was passed to restore the parity in funding and the final decision was due in April. However, Shashank Manohar won’t be heading the discussions now.
Shashank is a prominent Indian lawyer. He has served as BCCI President from 2008-2011. He was re-elected as the BCCI President in October 2015 and, by virtue of that position, has held the role of ICC Chairman since then, said the ICC release at the time of his appointment.