The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) "expressed its surprise" after Shasank Manohar's shock decision to resign as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.
Manohar, a former BCCI president, was elected unopposed as ICC's first independent chairman in May 2016 for a two-year term. The Vidharbha cricket strongman was leading an effort to decentralise the power held by BCCI, CA and ECB.
In a resignation letter addressed to ICC CEO David Richardson, Manohar said he was unable to continue as chairman due to personal reasons.
"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."
India Today has learnt that Manohar quit as ICC chairman as four cricket boards including the BCCI came together to oppose the cancellation of the Big Three formula of the ICC's revenue sharing.
CEO Rahul Johri is leading the fight on behalf of the BCCI.The bosses of the Indian, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe boards met in Colombo and united against the ICC reforms agenda.
In a press release issued on Wednesday evening, the Indian cricket board said Manohar's "contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable.""The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday expressed its surprise at the sudden decision of Mr. Shashank Manohar to step down from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.
"Mr. Manohar's contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable. He is a man of few words but excellent deeds.
"The BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) was looking forward to a long-term cooperation between the ICC and BCCI with Mr. Manohar at the helm of affairs.
"The BCCI wishes him the very best for his future endeavours," the release said.