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Shashank Manohar elected BCCI prez

MUMBAI: Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as the BCCI president, reflecting N Srinivasan’s diminishing hold in the cricket board’s power politics.

Manohar took over the post for his second term at the Board’s Special General meeting, which lasted for less than half an hour. The election was necessitated by the sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

All the six units of East Zone unanimously proposed Manohar’s candidature for the president’s post.

“The first priority is to clean the image of the board and restore the faith of the cricket-loving fans,” said Manohar, whose appointment is seen as a setback for ICC chairman and former BCCI president N. Srinivasan.

“There is…grievance that the board is not transparent, everything is kept under the wraps. Nothing wrong is being done by the board. It’s a perception which has been created in the mind of the people that because information does not come out, there is something wrong in this board” Manohar said.

The board would soon put its constitution, expenditure details and balance sheet on its website to “clear that myth and change the perception”.

The BCCI will appoint an independent ethics officer who would look into cases of conflict of interests involving players and administrators. “The board would lay down norms and would take forward the measures to prevent corruption in this game, for which the board would make programmes to educate players,” Manohar said.