15 March 2017 Current Affairs: Shashank Manohar resigned as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council on 15 March 2017 stating personal reasons. His resignation would be effective immediately.
Manohar had been elected to the position unopposed in May 2016. He had signed a two-year term with the international body that began with immediate effect after he stepped down as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). With the move, he had become ICC’s first independent chairman (one not affiliated to any of its member boards).
He broke the news of his resignation through an email addressed to the CEO of ICC, David Richardson in which he wrote that he had tried to do his best in being fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board as well as in matters related to Member Boards with the able support of all Directors.
He further stated that due to personal reasons it would not be possible for him to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence he was putting forth his resignation from the position with immediate effect.
In response, the ICC released an official statement confirming his resignation and stated that the board will assess the situation and its next step before making any further announcement.
Shashank Manohar : He is a prominent Indian lawyer who has served as the President of BCCI twice, first from 2008 to 2011 and then from November 2015 to May 2016.
During his Presidency India became the No 1 Test side and won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final. In June 2010, he took the much-praised decision of suspending Lalit Modi, the then chairman of Indian Premier League and Vice-President of BCCI, after giving him a fair hearing on his misdemeanours. He was nominated to be the Chairman of the International Cricket Council in November 2015.
Since his appointment, Manohar had become a driving force behind decentralising the power held by ‘The Big Three’ - Cricket Australia (CA), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and BCCI in the decision making processes of the ICC.
In fact, in February 2017, the ICC had passed in principle a new constitution that undid most of the imbalance in power and finances that the BCCI, CA and ECB had wished to create in 2014. However, a final decision on the same was supposed to be taken at the ICC Board’s next round of meetings, which are scheduled to be held in April. Now since Manohar would not be heading the meetings, the future of the proposals remains uncertain.