Board of Control for Cricket in India president Manohar’s name is being floated as the first independent chairman of the (ICC) International Cricket Council which might mean that there remains a possibility of him stepping down from world’s richest cricketing body.
Manohar, who is on a vacation in Mahabaleshwar, near Pune his annual summer destination is most likely to return in a week and hang his Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) boots. Having taken the president’s post in October last year, his renunciation could mark the 2nd shortest period for a BCCI president in recent years after Dalmiya’s stretch that lasted only six months from March to September 2015 until he passed away.
Shashank Manohar is tight-lipped on the issue and even his closest confidantes in Indian cricket administration have not heard from him in recent days. If he takes over as the ICC’s independent chairman in May 2016, he’ll be eligible to hold the post till 2021.
While Manohar is BCCI’s nominated chairman in ICC, the executive board of the global body has passed a rule that International Cricket Council’s chairman should be of independent nature and can’t act in dual role keeping his post as his country’s cricketing chief.
With Manohar’s name doing the rounds, speculation is rife in Indian cricketing circles whether the(VCA) Vidarbha lawyer would indeed take the plunge quitting his top post in BCCI.
The International Cricket Council had last month decided that its chairman will be an independent one, who will be elected by a confidential secret ballot in May and will not be allowed to hold any national or provincial position with any member board.
The Justice RM Lodha committee has suggested to the Supreme Court how the BCCI should be run with greater transparency since the board is discharging a public function.
Meanwhile, the BCCI, acting on Justice Lodha’s proposals, has already appointed its first-ever CEO. The Supreme Court is also backing a one-state-one-unit policy that could relegate several full members of one state into associate members.
Manohar is the president of the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), one of the three full members in the state of Maharashtra.
While those in the know of things feel that Shashank Manohar won’t take that risk if he cannot gather concurrence in the matter.
“Keep in account that Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are not exactly very pleased after his decision to dismantle the revenue earnings sharing structure where ‘Big 3’ got the share of the pie.
There’ll be questions in the backdrop, particularly if the rotation policy to elect the new chief will be appropriate. Or will the BCCI settle for a consensus candidate in Shirke or senior politician Sharad Pawar? There are a lot of questions waiting to be asked, depending on what Shashank Manohar decides. But given the environment, it’s clear that he and other top Board of Control for Cricket in India officials are fed up of this legal battle in the SC (Supreme Court), where they see no headway anytime soon.