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Shashank Manohar agrees to defer resignation as ICC chairman

MUMBAI: Providing hope to the ICC for completing the proposed financial and organisational reforms that are set to challenge the power structure of the cricketing order, Shashank Manohar has decided to defer his decision to quit as ICC chairman.

Manohar has agreed to defer his recent resignation following an ICC board resolution to request him to remain in post. In a significant show of support for Manohar, the board asked him to withdraw his resignation or at the very least defer it until the ongoing process relating to governance and financial restructuring are completed.

Said Manohar, “I respect the sentiments expressed by the directors and the confidence they have reposed in me. In the light of this, and although my decision to depart due to personal reasons has not changed, I am willing to continue as chairman till the responsibility as per the resolution is complete. I have a duty to work with my colleagues to enable a smooth transition and continue our work on the governance of the ICC.”

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said, “This resolution is a clear indication that whilst the Board may not yet agree on the detail of our reform process, we are committed to the overarching philosophies of it. We all believe that Shashank should be the man to see it through and whilst respectful of a decision made for personal reasons, we are delighted that he has agreed to remain in post until the completion of the 2017 Annual Conference where we can elect a successor.”

BCCI’s Vikram Limaye added: “It is important that the current issues are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. We had a productive meeting with Manohar recently (prior to his resignation) wherein we outlined the concerns of BCCI on the financial model and governance issues and our suggestions for resolution. We are committed to working with ICC for a satisfactory resolution of these issues.”

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said: “For the greater interest of cricket, we need Shashank as the chairman of ICC especially at this critical juncture. He can be assured of our full support.”

The ICC has been working on an overhaul of structures that would result in correcting the power system that is currently loaded in favour of the three cricketing boards of India, Australia and England. It would also mean that these three boards would have to see a drop in revenues as the financial structure also goes through a more equitable distribution system.