ICC has announced in its latest media release that Shashank Manohar has stepped down as ICC Chairman after his second two year tenure came to a close. The ICC Board met today and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected.
The process for the Chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Imran Khwaja, elected as interim Chairman of the ICC, said, “Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it.”
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The BCCI, though, did not have a smooth relationship with Manohar. In fact the Indian board had accused Manohar of deliberately causing confusion over the status of the T20 World Cup. The ICC had decided to wait another month before taking a call on the event after a board meeting held earlier this month. The cash-rich Indian board believes delaying a call on the matter will interrupt preparations for the IPL.