Shashank Manohar as independent ICC chairman

Thursday 12th of May 2016

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Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as the first independent chairman of the ICC. He will serve a two-year term - an unpaid position - beginning with immediate effect.

Manohar's election has come two days after he quit as BCCI president, a move that made him eligible to contest for the post under the new ICC regulation that its chairman must not hold positions in any national board. Manohar, however, had said his resignation had not been influenced by the upcoming ICC election. "According to the election process, ICC directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or past ICC director," the ICC said on Thursday. "Nominees with the support of two or more Full Member directors would have been eligible to contest the election, which was scheduled to have been concluded by May 23.

"However, given that Mr Manohar was the sole nominee for the position and the Board has now unanimously supported his appointment, the independent Audit Committee Chairman, Mr Adnan Zaidi, who has been overseeing the election process, has declared the process complete, and Mr Manohar the successful candidate."

Manohar, a prominent Indian lawyer, has served two terms as BCCI president - from 2008 to 20011, and from October 2015 to May 2016, when he succeeded Jagmohan Dalimya who died while holding office. During his second term, Manohar had also served as ICC chairman by virtue of being the Indian board's nominee to the ICC. By resigning as BCCI president on Tuesday, Manohar had given up his ICC chairmanship, only to be re-elected as the first independent chairman two days later.

"It is an honour to be elected as the chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities," Manohar said. "These are exciting times for international cricket as we are presently carrying out a comprehensive review of the 2014 constitutional amendments which is aimed at not only improving governance structures, but cricket structures as well. The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition."

In February, Manohar, as ICC chairman while being BCCI president, had criticised the imbalance of power within cricket's governing body because of the Big Three's constitutional revamp in 2014, which had given the boards of India, England and Australia greater authority and a larger share of the ICC revenue. Manohar had called the revamp "bullying", and said there were several faults in the ICC that he hoped to rectify. The ICC said that to accommodate the new position of independent chairman, the body's Full Council - comprising 10 Full Members, 38 Associate Members and 57 Affiliate Members - had approved various amendments to the ICC constitution. As a result, the post of ICC president became redundant and was abolished.

The BCCI welcomed Manohar's election, calling it a "matter of pride for India".

"Mr. Shashank Manohar's unanimous, unopposed election is a matter of pride for India," Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, said in a statement. "With his vast administrative experience he will provide leadership to the ICC to strengthen the position of cricket at the global level. The BCCI looks forward to working closely with the ICC for developing cricket."


About Shashank Manohar

Shashank Vyankatesh Manohar is a prominent Indian lawyer and cricket administrator. He twice served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, from 2008 to 2011, and from November 2015 to May 2016. As a cricket administrator he is known for his impeccable track record & integrity in cricketing circles, justifying the predicate '"Mr. Clean"' attributed to him. He is often credited as the 'best president BCCI ever had'. He has also served as the Chairman of the ICC, the highest international governing body of cricket.

General Information 28Shashank-Manohar-1

  • Shashank Manohar by profession is a prominent lawyer.

  • President, BCCI (In office):  October 4, 2015 – May 10, 2016 | Preceded by: Jagmohan Dalmiya.

  • President, BCCI (In office):  September 25, 2008 – September 19, 2011 | Preceded by: Sharad Pawar | Succeeded by: N. Srinivasan.

  • Chairman of the International Cricket Council (In office): November 9, 2015 – Incumbent | Preceded by: N Srinivasan

  • Born:  29 September 1957, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

  • Spouse(s): Varsha Manohar

  • Children: Adwait Manohar

  • Parents:  V. R. Manohar& Sandhya Manohar

  • Residence: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

About International Cricket Council (ICC)260px-ICC_logo.svg

  • ICC the international governing body of cricket.

  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

  • Established: 1909 as Imperial Cricket Conference by representatives from England, Australia and South Africa.  It took up its current name in 1989.

  • ICC has 106 members: 10 Full Members that play Test matches, 57 Affiliate Members and 38 Associate Members.


  • Responsible for the organisation and governance of cricket’s major international tournaments including Cricket World Cup.

  • Appoints umpires and referees that officiate at all sanctioned Test matches, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals.

  • Promulgates the ICC Code of Conduct, which sets professional standards of discipline for international cricket.

  • Co-ordinates action against corruption and match-fixing through its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).  in Persons in News, Sports


About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)200px-Cricket_India_Crest.svg

  • BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India and is considered as world’s richest cricket board. It was established as BCCI in 1928 by replacing Calcutta Cricket Club.

  • It is a private club consortium, registered as a society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.

  • It is member of ICC and has authority to select players, umpires and officials to participate in international cricket events and exercises total control over them.


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