Shashank Manohar steps down as ICC Chairman

Shashank Manohar, ICC
Shashank Manohar to continue in his role as ICC chairman untill June 2017 (Image Credit: ESPNCricinfo)

Shashank Manohar has resigned from his post as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman after a brief period of eight months in the office, citing ‘person reasons’ for his withdrawal.

Manohar tendered his resignation to David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, in a letter, which said:  “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. I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights in future.”

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Former ICC chairman also clarified that his decision to quit has nothing do with ICC-BCCI issues.

“It has nothing to do with the ICC functioning or these issues which are going to come up,” he said to ESPNcricinfo from Nagpur.

“Personal reason means genuinely personal. And I don’t lie.”

Manohar was elected as the first independent chairman of ICC in May 2016, and since then had played a pivotal role in coming up with a new ICC revenue sharing model, which was agreed upon by the majority of cricket boards. But a final decision on that matter will be taken at the ICC board meeting, which is scheduled for April this year.

The ICC has confirmed it has received a resignation letter from Chairman Shashank Manohar, and said it will assess the situation and next steps before making any further announcement.

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