After two tenures as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Shashank Manohar on Wednesday (July 1) announced that he is stepping down from the position.
Until the ICC Board appoints a new chairperson latest by next week, Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja is expected to take up the responsibilities.
Manohar’s tenure as the ICC’s first independent chairman came to an end on Wednesday.
According to a media release sent by the ICC, Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will take over as interim chairman till the election process is set in motion.
“ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar has stepped down after two, two-year tenures at its helm. The ICC Board met today and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected,” ICC stated in a release.
“On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney was quoted in Hindustan Times as saying.
“Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it,” Khwaja said.
Manohar, as per ICC rules, could have stayed for another two-year term as a maximum of three terms are allowed.
The 62-year-old lawyer had previously been the BCCI President from 2008 to 2011.