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Shashank Manohar quits as ICC chairman

MUMBAI: Less than a year into his position, Shashank Manohar has quit as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.

In the letter addressed to ICC CEO David Richardson, he wrote: “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 with immediate effect.”

The ICC, meanwhile, confirmed that it had received an email from chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation. The ICC board said that it will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement.

“This is very shocking because he had big plans to revive the ICC functioning. However, with Manohar, it is quite known that he has the habit to quit in between,” a senior member of the BCCI told Hindustan Times.

“When he came to the BCCI again, he had promised certain things. And when the BCCI needed him the most (to deal with the Supreme Court in the Lodha Committee report implementation), he quit and went to the ICC.

“Now, he has quit from the ICC post as well where he promised some major reforms. It just shows that he cannot be entrusted with big responsibilities,” the BCCI member added.

Another senior BCCI functionary said that Manohar’s resignation is good news for India. “He was anyway anti-India. He has ensured the BCCI is kept away from key committees and ensured the BCCI endured a tough time at the ICC,” said the member.