ALL CHANGE: Shashank Manohar
N Srinivasan’s tumultuous tenure as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman was cut short on Monday (9) after the powerful Indian board (BCCI) withdrew support for its former president.
BCCI president Shashank Manohar would take over for the remainder of Srinivasan’s tenure until June next year, board secretary Anurag Thakur said.
“The BCCI representative to the ICC will be Mr Shashank Manohar. Being the board representative in the ICC, he will take over as the ICC chairman,” Thakur said of a move which will see a media-shy lawyer replace a feisty industrialist at the helm of cricket’s governing body.
Described as the sport’s most powerful man, ex-BCCI chief Srinivasan took over as ICC head in June 2014 in controversial circumstances after his son-in-law was indicted in an illegal betting scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Srinivasan’s India Cements company owned the lucrative Twenty20 competition’s Chennai franchise, which many perceived as a clear case of a conflict of interest.
Since the IPL scandal broke, BCCI has been admonished by India’s top court for being lenient in its handling of corruption that plagued the event.
Manohar returned for a second innings as BCCI president in October, vowing to correct the image of the world’s richest cricket board.