Did BCCI lobby to remove Manohar as ICC Chairman?

At the conclusion of the ICC meetings in Cape Town on October 14, the CA and the ECB chiefs and the ICC CEO were asked if there was an alleged war between the BCCI and the ICC.

In May this year, Shashank Manohar was elected as the ICC's first-ever independent chairman.   -  Getty Images

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) President Giles Clarke have given thumbs up to the leadership provided by the International Cricket Council’s first independent chairman Shashank Manohar. The ICC CEO David Richardson has also said everyone in the ICC is backing Manohar who was elected ICC’s independent chairman on May 16. At least half a dozen full members of the ICC had first visited Nagpur and persuaded him to the chairman's post.

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At the conclusion of the ICC meetings in Cape Town on October 14, the three were asked if there was an alleged war between the BCCI and the ICC, if it was true that the BCCI was lobbying for the removal of Manohar as ICC chairman and that eight Board members had turned against Manohar.

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"The meetings were held in a thoroughly constructive atmosphere. There were a lot of debates and discussions. But there was no war (like situation). The chairman (Shashank Manohar) conducted all the meetings. I have not seen in the last two, any opposition to the chairman. The ICC Board has confidence in him and we all know where he comes from."

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The CA Chairman, who was actually asked about reports appearing in the Indian media that an effort was being made to remove Shashank as chairaman, said: "Media speculations. We had constructive and friendly meetings and they were always robust, there was no acrimony at all. We took a number of decisions and they were all unanimous. The chairman continues to enjoy everybody’s confidence. He has the full support of all members. He’s doing an excellent job. We had a great week of meetings and he was available for all meetings."

The ICC CEO David Richardson said: "Going into the meeting there was a little bit of talk that India was not happy with the ICC etc. At the end of the week of meetings, I can say that there was a lot of unity and everybody is behind the ICC chairman."

Talking to Sportstar from Colombo, Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Thilanga Sumathipala said: "The stability of Indian cricket is of primary importance to the ICC. We have an excellent relationship with Shashank Manohar. He’s an experienced administrator; he knows what’s happening in world cricket."

The interview was being conducted by South Africa’s well known cricket writer Neil Manthorpe (for the ICC website) and perhaps there was a feeling that the BCCI was indeed lobbying for the removal of Manohar.