MUMBAI: Shashank Manohar has on Tuesday resigned as the president of the Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) with immediate effect. He took over as the interim president of the BCCI following the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya in September 2015.
In a letter addressing to the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, Mr Shashank had also stepped down as the BCCI representative in the ICC.
“I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect from the post of President of Board of Control for Cricket in India. I also resign with immediate effect as the representative of BCCI on the International Cricket Council, as also the Asian Cricket Council on which I was nominated by the General Body of BCCI. I thank all my colleagues and the staff for their support and cooperation during my tenure. I wish all of you all the very best in taking the cause of Cricket to greater heights”, the 59-year old said in his resignation letter.
With this, Shashank Manohar will become the BCCI president with shortest-ever tenure. Earlier, Manohar, who was also a lawyer by profession had discharged duties as the BCCI president during 2008-2011.
Much before the resignation of Shashank Manohar, there were speculations that he would do so in order to compete for the post of Independent chairman of the International Cricket council. As per the ICC rules, a person contesting for the post of ICC chairman should not have any official connection with any other cricket board that he or she is representing before being elected as the chairperson of the ICC. Hence, it can be understood that Mr Manohar has possibly resigned to his post in order to contest the forthcoming ICC elections.
With the resignation of the BCCI president, the ball is now with the BCCI secretary Mr Anurag Thakur to call for a special general meeting (SGM) comprising of the members of the BCCI to elect a new president. As per the sources, the secretary himself may enter the race for the hot-seat!. However, there are other senior contestants too in the form of Rajiv Shukla and the Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke.