Shashank Manohar has stepped as the International Cricket Council Chairman after serving two terms of two years each. Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will take interim charge till the election of the next Chair.
The ICC Board met today (Wednesday) and agreed that Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected, ICC has stated in a Press release.
The process for the Chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
ICC Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja added: “Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it.”
Manohar was eligible for another term. But he had declined to continue in the office for the third successive time.
England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves and ex Cricket West Indies chief Dave Cameron have both confirmed their candidature for the ICC Chair.
While Graves enjoys the support of several cricket boards, Cameron will need at least two full ICC members to nominate his name for the post. While one nomination is expected to come from Cricket West Indies in spite of him not being on very good terms with CWI head Ricky Skerritt, he will have to garner one more vote to confirm his candidature.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly is also being tipped to contest for the elite ICC post. However, neither the BCCI nor Ganguly have disclosed their plans so far.