Shashank Manohar likely to continue as ICC head for another term
Shashank Manohar, a former BCCI president, had said he would quit his post at the International Cricket Council (ICC)m after completing one year at the June conference where the global body’s new constitution and revenue model would be ratified.cricket Updated: May 02, 2017 12:32 IST
Shashank Manohar, who had said he would quit after completing one year at the June conference where the new constitution and revenue model would be ratified, was appointed International Cricket Council (ICC)’s first independent chairman in May last year.
Manohar had played a key role in bringing in place a reformed constitution that ended the ‘Big Three’ model. The previous model guaranteed India, England and Australia the lion’s share of ICC’s revenue and more power in governance.
Manohar’s stance has been appreciated by most many member boards of the ICC and they voted out India and the ‘Big Three’ model.
“Manohar had said that he will quit after one year and won’t complete his two years at office. But now, there is a belief among members that he should get another term after his first term ends in mid-2018,” said a source in the know of events.
It has been learnt that one of the points of discussion in the ICC meeting last week in Dubai was expected to be the choice of an ICC chairman once Manohar quits after the annual conference in June.
That was an important issue as the time to appoint Manohar’s replacement was already very short. Giles Clarke of England, David Peever of Australia and Thilanga Sumathipala of Sri Lanka were the contenders. Sumathipala was very keen and had thrown his hat late in the ring.
However, as things panned out and the ICC board voted convincingly against the Big Three model in the meeting, there was no discussion over the choice of next chairman.
Some top BCCI officials believe that Manohar has been rewarded for ensuring that the ‘Big Three model’ is done away with.
Manohar had quit in March after it emerged that BCCI had collected enough votes to block the new constitution. However, he was convinced to continue and agreed to carry on only till the annual conference in June.