I what can be termed as a surprising U-Turn of events, Shashank Manohar is back at the helm of affairs at the ICC. Earlier this week he had announced his decision to step down as Chairman citing personal reasons. He has now said that he wouldn’t want to let his team members go through the process of bringing out new reforms in the revenue sharing model and governance in ICC alone. He has deferred his resignation as he wants to ensure that there is a smooth transition and this critical phase his handled with care.
“I respect the sentiments expressed by the Directors and the confidence they have reposed in me. In the light of this, and although my decision to depart due to personal reasons has not changed, I am willing to continue as Chairman till the responsibility as per the resolution is complete. I have duty to work with my colleagues to enable a smooth transition and continue our work on the governance of the ICC.” Manohar said.
ICC too released a statement and was thankful to Manohar for recognising the importance of him staying at the helm of affairs when such big changes were being brought about.
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Manohar has been at the forefront of bringing about a change in the revenue model and the governance of ICC, something which almost all cricketing bodies agreed to before BCCI, Sri Lanka Cricket and Zimbabwe Cricket pulled out.
The BCCI is against the revenue reforms as there is no scientific formula behind the figures in the new financial redistribution model proposed by the ICC.
Manohar will continue as Chairman until the 2017 Annual Conference in April.
Vikram Limaye, member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators, said: “It is important that the current issues are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. We had a productive meeting with Mr. Manohar recently [prior to his resignation], wherein we outlined the concerns of the BCCI on the financial model and governance issues and our suggestions for resolution. We are committed to working with the ICC for a satisfactory resolution of these issues.”
Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever said: “This resolution is a clear indication that whilst the Board may not yet agree on the detail of our reform process, we are committed to the overarching philosophies of it. We all believe that Shashank should be the man to see it through and whilst respectful of a decision made for personal reasons, we are delighted that he has agreed to remain in post until the completion of the 2017 Annual Conference where we can elect a successor.”