Shashank Manohar has a tough choice to make. By mid-May, he will have to choose between being the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India or the head of the International Cricket Council.
He has time till the ICC elections, the process for which is to begin on May 14. At present he holds both the posts, but the constitutional amendment initiated by him says the ICC chairman will not be allowed to hold any national or provincial post.
The amendment was recommended by the executive board during their recent meeting and it will have to be passed through the full council, which is just a formality now. The meeting for the full council is scheduled in June, but it is learnt a special meeting will be called before the May 14, where members will join via phone or video conference to pass it.
It won’t be an easy choice for Manohar. He is inclined towards the ICC post, but if he chooses to contest for the ICC’s chairman’s post, he will upset his group members in the BCCI. Facing heat from the Supreme Court, the Board members are dealing with the worst crisis in its history and have bestowed a lot of faith in the leadership of Manohar. They say they will feel betrayed.
While the air was thick with the talk of Manohar having made up his mind to resign from BCCI, board secretary Anurag Thakur, told HT ‘it was fake’ news.
No Vidarbha vote
According to board insiders, Manohar is keen on the ICC option looking at the scenario where Vidarbha loses its vote in the BCCI as per the Lodha panel’s recommendation of one state, one vote. Those versed with the rules of the ICC, say he will only need to take the decision after the elections. Only after he has been elected the chairman that he will have to take the call on which post he wants to hold.
While most of his supporters in the BCCI are dead against his decision to go to the ICC, majority of members in the ICC want him as chairman.
ICC post his
For the ICC election, the candidates will need the support of two full member directors. If Manohar makes up his mind, the ICC post is his, for, he has become hugely popular among the ICC Board members after his decision to do away with the restructuring of the world governing body where India, England and Australia had complete domination and enjoyed major share of the revenues.
Also, there is a fear among other Board members that if anybody else becomes the chairman (any BCCI candidate will be the favourite), he might have different views than Manohar.
However, Manohar is sure to lose support in the BCCI because already members HT spoke to are feeling that they now see his giving away India’s share to the ICC as a move for personal gains.
As of now, Sharad Pawar and Ajay Shirke are the names seen as an option for Manohar. However, as one Board member reminded: “It will leave the door open for N Srinivasan to make a comeback. He will become active and has eight-nine votes for sure.”