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Shashank Manohar has stepped down as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) just eight months after he was elected to the position.
Manohar, who was an advocate of reducing the power the Big Three – India, Australia and England – held in the ICC, cited personal reasons as to why he decided to resign.
“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,” Manohar wrote in a letter addressed to ICC chief executive David Richardson.
“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.”
In May 2016, Manohar was unopposed when he was elected as the ICC’s first independent chairman, meaning that he was not affiliated with any board.
Manohar was supposed to see out a two-year term, but since he stepped down, the ICC have confirmed that they will think long and hard before making their next move.
“The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement,” the governing body said.
In November 2015, Manohar automatically became the ICC’s chairman after replacing Narayanaswami Srinivasan as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Manohar immediately announced his displeasure towards the power the Big Three held and on May 10, 2016, he resigned as BCCI president following the Lodha Committee’s recommendations of changing the BCCI’s administrative structures. Two days later, he was elected as the ICC’s chairman.
It is likely that the ICC will pick Manohar’s successor at their next round of meetings from April 24. Manohar’s replacement will be a nominee of one of the Full Member nations, but the candidate will not be allowed to hold a position with their country’s cricket board.