In what comes as a surprise to many in the cricketing world, Shashank Manohar, the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has resigned from his post with immediate effect after serving for eight months in the office and has vacated the top position in the ICC. Manohar has cited 'personal reasons' for his resignation from the post.
In his resignation letter to David Richardson, the Chief Executive of ICC, Shashank said,
" 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."
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) March 15, 2017
"I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights in the future.", he added.
Manohar was elected unopposed for the Chairman's post in May 2016 and became the ICC's first independent chairman when he signed a two-year contract after stepping down as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI). He was the only nominee for the Chairman's post and thus he was unanimously appointed by the ICC board as the Chairman of the ICC.
Shashant Manohar resigns as head of the ICC? He remains as unpredictable as ever.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 15, 2017
Manohar is a distinguished Indian Lawyer and first served as the BCCI president from 2008 to 2011 and after the passing of Jagmohan Dalmiya, he was re-elected as the BCCI president in October 2015. By virtue of the BCCI president's throne, he held the ICC chairman's role which was cited in the ICC release at the time of his appointment.
With him suddenly resigning, it will be interesting to see who will be elected as the next chairman of the ICC.