New Delhi - India's
Shashank Manohar resigned on Wednesday as chairperson of the International
Cricket Council after a fallout with his own board over efforts to
reform the game's world governing body.
Manohar took over last year as the first independent ICC chairman for
a two-year term and had been trying to bring in changes to the ICC's
governance designed to reduce the power of cricket's most powerful
nations - India, Australia and England.
But the organisation now faces a fresh bout of turmoil after the
divisions between the powerful Indian board and most of the rest of the
game erupted into the open.
"The ICC has confirmed it has received an email from chairperson
Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation," the organisation said in a
brief statement after news of the resignation had been leaked.
"The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement."
Manohar, the 59-year-old former head of the Indian board, cited
personal reasons in his letter to ICC chief executive David Richardson,
according to the cricinfo website.
"I have tried to do my best and have tried to be fair and impartial
in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board and in matters
related to Member Boards along with the able support of all Directors,"
"However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the
august office of ICC Chairman and hence I am tendering my resignation as
Chairman with immediate effect."
India last month voted
against a proposed shake-up of the ICC, fearing a curb of its earnings
and clout as a result of the changes to the organisation's financial and
Manohar had argued that the reforms would ensure "a more equitable
distribution of revenues" and greater equality within the game by
attaching equal weight to each member nation's vote in board meetings.
Since India's emergence as the most powerful country in world
cricket, the ICC has often been accused of failing to exert its
independence on key issues of governance.
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 by selling TV rights.
Proposals by the ICC to create a two-tier Test system were scrapped
last year after the Indian board came out in opposition to the plan.
Manohar, who is a lawyer by profession, took over as president of the
BCCI in October 2015 for a second stint after the death of veteran
administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya.
But he soon became frustrated after coming under pressure to
introduce reforms to the BCCI's governance recommended by a panel
convened by the Supreme Court and stood down from the post in May 2016.
Cricket's massive popularity in India has helped the BCCI become by
far the wealthiest of all of the sport's national boards, netting
massive money from sponsorship and TV deals.
However the BCCI has been embroiled in a series of scandals in recent
years, including accusations of corruption in the Indian Premier League
(IPL) involving a team linked to its former head Narayanaswami
In January, the Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of the powerful
BCCI president Anurag Thakur over the failure to enact a series of
recommended reforms, including age-limits for office-holders.
The order came after judges slapped restrictions on the BCCI's
accounts last year, a decision that nearly cancelled a series against
England. The board is currently headed by former government auditor