Manohar returns as BCCI President, Srinivasan era ends

Shashank Manohar was today elected unopposed as BCCI President, ushering in a new era in the Cricket Board and ending N Srinivasan's dominance in the cash-rich body.

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Shashank Manohar was elected unopposed, ending N Srinivasan's hold in the BCCI's power politics   -  PAUL NORONHA

Lawyer-turned-administrator Shashank Manohar was today elected unopposed as BCCI President, ushering in a new era in the Cricket Board and ending N Srinivasan's dominance in the cash-rich body.

The election was necessitated by the sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had a short term of seven months after his election in March earlier this year. Dalmiya was made the interim President when Srinivasan stepped aside in the wake of revelations that his son-in-law was involved in betting during the 2013 IPL season.

All six units of East Zone unanimously proposed Manohar's candidature for the president's post, reflecting Srinivasan's diminishing hold in Board's power politics. A BCCI by-election needs only one proposer from the zone which is electing the president and it was the East Zone’s turn this time. Manohar got the nod from all the six associations and was the lone nomination at the end of the 7 pm deadline yesterday.

Srinivasan skipped the meeting and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association was represented by P S Raman.

The others who also proposed Manohar's name were Sourav Ganguly from Bengal, Sourav Dasgupta from Tripura, Gautam Roy from Assam, Ashirbad Behera of Odisha and Sanjay Singh of Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA).

Manohar's earlier stint was for three years between 2008-09 and 2010-11. His anointment also means that Srinivasan now has little chance of coming back into the BCCI fold till 2017 when the Vidarbha man's tenure ends.