In a surprise development, Shashank Manohar on Wednesday resigned as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman after merely eight months in office, citing personal reasons.
Mr. Manohar (59) mailed his resignation letter to ICC CEO David Richardson without clarifying the exact reason for this sudden move to end what was to be a two-year-tenure.
However, according to highly placed sources, Mr. Manohar has decided to quit, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were set to be passed by the ICC at its next board meeting.
Any reform to be passed needs 2/3rd majority, but the BCCI, in all likelihood, has managed to get Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on its side.
It is learnt, expecting a loss of face, Mr. Manohar has resigned with immediate effect.
“I was elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of ICC last year. 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,” Mr. Manohar said in his resignation letter.
“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. I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights,” he concluded.
Last year, Mr. Manohar resigned from the BCCI, citing his inability to carry out Lodha Committee reforms in toto. His detractors in the BCCI at that time said he left a sinking ship for the safer confines of the ICC.
He became the first independent chairman of ICC but had several run-ins with the BCCI on revenue sharing pattern.
His decision to bring in constitutional reforms has been severely opposed by the BCCI along with Sri Lanka.