ICC Board members urge Manohar to complete term

After the recent round of ICC meetings in Dubai, especially after the ICC Board meeting on April 26, when the administrative changes and financial model was given a thumping mandate, eight full members (other than BCCI and Cricket Sri Lanka) have urged Manohar to continue till the ICC annual conference in June 2018.

Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever spoke to Shashank Manohar many times before the Pune-based lawyer agreed to stay as ICC Chairman till June.   -  Vivek Bendre

Virtually the entire lot—barring the BCCI and Cricket Sri Lanka—had urged Shashank Manohar to defer his resignation as Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Now, all of them along with the associate and affiliate representatives from all five regions—Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa and East Asia Pacific—are pushing for his continuity beyond the ICC’s annual conference at London in June.

Manohar, citing personal reasons had quit as Chairman, but eight full members impressed upon him to complete the process he had initiated—to correct the power imbalance and disproportionate distribution of money to the full members caused by discriminatory resolutions in 2014.

Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever spoke to Manohar many times before the Pune-based lawyer agreed to stay as ICC Chairman till June.

After the recent round of ICC meetings in Dubai, especially after the ICC Board meeting on April 26, when the administrative changes and financial model was given a thumping mandate, eight full members (other than BCCI and Cricket Sri Lanka) have urged Manohar to continue till the ICC annual conference in June 2018.

Cricket circles in the know of happenings in the ICC have been given to understand that the Pakistan Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket Board have spoken to Manohar a few times and so have other Boards who have either spoken or written to him to stay further in order to oversee the implementation of the ICC’s new structures, constitution and financial. One member has gone to the extent of saying: “After dark days, the ICC is seeing light,’’ and that Manohar should complete his two year term.

Clearly, majority of the present ten full members, including Cricket Sri Lanka, are happy that they will get enough money to develop the game in their country and that they will not have to kowtow to the BCCI.

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