Two days after his resignation as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Shashank Manohar has been elected as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday. He was elected unanimously by the members of the board directors.
With this, the 59-year old will become the first person to be elected as the independent ICC chairman – a post created after a bunch of constitutional amendments this year, replacing the earlier model of BIG THREE.
Adnan Zaidi, the independent Audit chairman, in-charge of the election process has declared Mr Shashank Manohar as the ICC Chairman well in advance before the scheduled date of May 23 as he was the only nominee for the apex post. The former BCCI President will serve as the ICC chairman for a period of two years with immediate effect.
Addressing the media, Mr Manohar said “I feel honored to be elected as the chairperson of the International Cricket Council. I thank all the board directors for having faith in my abilities. I also thank my colleagues in the BCCI for standing by me during my tenure as the BCCI’s president”.
“Cricket is a sport which has a proud history and rich tradition. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders to shape the future of cricket”, he said.
Shashank Manohar, who had served as the BCCI President for less than seven months, resigned from his post on Tuesday to become the first independent chairperson of the ICC. He was a lawyer by profession and has served as the BCCI president during 2008-2011.