New Delhi - Shashank Manohar resigned as
the president of the Indian cricket board on Tuesday, as the embattled
organisation comes under growing pressure from the country's top court to
introduce wide-ranging reforms.
Manohar wrote to board secretary Anurag
Thakur to announce his resignation "with immediate effect," in a move
expected to trigger his bid for re-election as chairman of the International
"The BCCI confirms that Shashank
Manohar has resigned from the post of President, BCCI," Thakur said in a
"He has also resigned as the BCCI
representative on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket
"The BCCI places on record its deep
appreciation of the immense contribution to Indian cricket made by Mr.
Manohar had only been in his post since
October last year, when he returned for a second stint as president of the
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of the death of
The 58-year-old lawyer had been widely
regarded as a safe pair of hands who could bring some much needed stability to
a board whose reputation has been tarnished by several scandals.
Manohar had pledged to clean up the board
after being unanimously elected as head of what is the most powerful body in
After becoming BCCI president, Manohar
swiftly moved to topple another of his predecessors, Narayanaswami Srinivasan,
from the ICC chairmanship and reverse some of the recent rule changes that had
been designed to give greater power to India, England and Australia.
Manohar had publicly blamed Srinivasan for
bringing the BCCI into disrepute following a Supreme Court probe that found
Srinivasan's son-in-law guilty of corruption in the Indian Premier League.
Indian newspapers have been reporting for
several days that Manohar would resign his post at the BCCI in order to stand
for re-election as ICC head.
Under reforms that Manohar had himself
supported, it will soon no longer be possible to be chairman of the ICC and
head up the national board of one of its member countries.
In the wake of the IPL corruption scandal,
India's Supreme Court commissioned retired judge Rajendra Mal Lodha to draw up
a report on the BCCI's governance in a bid to avoid future conflicts of
The Lodha Committee recommended that the
board introduce term and age limits for its office bearers and a ban on
television adverts in between overs during live broadcasts.
Its mega rights deals with Indian broadcasters,
including for the IPL, have helped make the BCCI by far the wealthiest board in
Many of the game's smaller Test-playing
nations have been accused of bending to India's demands in the ICC, desperate
to attract tours by India which can ensure their financial security.