Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Shashank Manohar is all set to be the next president of the world's richest cricket board since he was the only candidate to file his nomination for the top slot on Thursday.
The formal announcement of Manohar's name as BCCI president-elect is expected to be made at the board's annual general body meeting in Mumbai on Friday, a key board functionary told IANS in Mumbai.
Manohar's unopposed election was on the cards since it was the turn of the central zone, which he represents in the BCCI, to get the post. The board's other vice-president Lalit Modi, also from the same zone, supported his candidature.
More importantly, BCCI president Sharad Pawar is known to have favoured Manohar, a leading lawyer from Nagpur and son of Maharashtra's former advocate general VR Manohar.
Known for his no-nonsense approach and insistence on fitness and performance rather than seniority, the incumbent Vidarbha Cricket Association president is expected to bring more player friendly measures during his tenure.