Mumbai: Shashank Manohar has gone back on his decision to step down as chairman of the ICC and has now said that he would see out his tenure at the top of the world’s cricket body.
Earlier in March, Manohar had said that he was going to step down immediately due to “personal reasons”. However, he was persuaded by other ICC directors – both Full Members and Associates – to continue until June.
But now Manohar will continue to lead ICC and see out his term which ends on June 2018.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed Shashank Manohar will continue to function as the Independent Chairman of ICC until the end of his elected term which is June 2018,” the ICC said in a statement.
During the statement and revised decision, Manmohar had thanked the directors for “overwhelming support”, and opted to return till the annual conference in June when new ICC constitution comprising the governance structure and finance model will be ratified. His decision to continue, though, will be a major boost for the Member Boards that voted in favour of reforms to governance and financial structures of cricket’s governing body in April.
Former BCCI president Manohar was appointed as the first independent chairman of ICC and has led the global body to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances and administration.
However, this was overturned at last month’s meeting in Dubai, where the the ICC board voted for a new financial model and governance structure to address the imbalance.
BCCI was the only board to oppose the new financial model and was one of the two that voted against a revised constitution, which will allow the ICC to include additional full members in the future.