The Board of Control for Cricket in India will initiate measures to crack down on corruption in the game and frame regulations on the contentious issue of conflict of interest, Shashank Manohar said on Sunday after being unanimously elected the president of the BCCI.
The Nagpur-based lawyer, 58, was anointed at a special general body meeting of the board at its headquarters in Mumbai. Former BCCI and ICC president Sharad Pawar, IPL chairperson Rajiv Shukla, Punjab Cricket Association secretary MP Pandove, Cricket Association of Bengal CEO Sourav Ganguly and other state association representatives were present in the meeting. Manohar will succeed veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya who died last month.
“In last few days, the confidence of cricket fans has shaken due to certain unpleasant things that have happened,” Manohar said at a press conference after his election to the post for the second time.
“But leaving them behind, it’s now the duty of all board members to build the reputation of this board...We want to restore the faith of fans that cricket is clean,” Manohar said.
Manohar, who has a squeaky-clean image and a no-nonsense approach to cricket administration, has the responsibility to guide the BCCI to its stable self after a string of corruption scandals and a troubled era under Tamil Nadu strongman Srinivasan, whose tenure was marked by acrimony within and outside the board’s portals.
Manohar’s unanimous election also reflects Srinivasan’s diminishing hold in BCCI’s power politics. Srinivasan now has little chance of coming back into the BCCI fold till 2017, when the Vidarbha man’s tenure ends.
The 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal that singed Srinivasan, following his son-in-law and IPL team Chennai Super Kings’s former principal Gurunath Meiyappan being found guilty of betting on the T20 League games, led to the Supreme Court sidelining him from holding the reins of the BCCI.
The board will frame regulations with regard to conflict of interest of administrators and players, Manohar said. “The board will also appoint an ombudsman or an ethics officer who would...look into complaints,” he added.
“The board will lay down norms and take measures to prevent corruption in this game,” he said. “I am asking you to give me two months’ time, I have two years in office.”
The cash-rich BCCI, which generates huge revenues due to its vast television audiences, enjoys a pre-eminent position in world cricket and effectively runs the International Cricket Council with its allies, Australia and England.
“I’m sure under Shashank Manohar’s able leadership, cricket will grow with every passing day,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said.