Shashank Manohar steps down as ICC Chairman after four years

The International Cricket Council announced on Wednesday that Shashank Manohar has stepped down as the chairman of the council and Deputy chairman Imran Khwaja, formerly of Singapore Cricket Association, will be the interim head.

Even though in December last year, he confirmed that he will not seek a third two-year term, he went on to step down one week before the election process for his successor was announced. Top BCCI officials have been critical of this move and his activities as ICC’s chairman was always under heavy scrutiny.

He was appointed the first independent ICC chairman in May 2016—a reform he had championed in the global body. He got the post by virtue of being the Indian board’s nominee to ICC. Initially, BCCI was happy over this very move and considered it as a matter of pride but soon the dynamics changed. He thoroughly opposed the idea of Big three in world cricket which was ideated by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and included India, Australia, and England. While his ways might have worked in a more equitable revenue distribution model. He is known to have played a significant role in realigning the ICC’s revenue model.

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