Mumbai: Shashank Manohar was elected as the new president of the BCCI unanimously in the special general meeting called by the board on Sunday. The decision was just a formality as all six state associations from the East Zone, led by Cricket Association of Bengal’s new chief Sourav Ganguly, had nominated Nagpur-based lawyer Shashank Manohar to the chair.
After all the back-room maneuvering that prevailed over electing the new president post the untimely demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, BCCI members had came together on Saturday to reveal their unanimous choice.
Manohar had been at the forefront of the lobby that had been calling for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan’s head after the spot-fixing scandal engulfed the IPL in 2012-13. Most BCCI members, regardless of whether they were in support of Manohar’s candidature, strongly believe the man will not think twice in taking some tough decisions in the interest of the board.
Manohar – a lawyer by profession – will be at the helm of the affairs of cricket in India for the second time after being elected unopposed for the first time in 2008.