ICC members want Shashank Manohar as next President: Srinivasan

BCCI president N Srinivasan said owing to Shashank Manohar’s (in picture) record as a clean and successful administrator, the ICC members want him to succeed Sharad Pawar as next president Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 20, 2011

Newly appointed BCCI president N Srinivasan made a revelation on Monday that former BCCI president Shashank Manohar had declined the offer to become the International Cricket Council (ICC) president.

“Srinivasan made the disclosure about the ICC offer during his acceptance speech even as he profusely praised the hard work done by Manohar during his three years as BCCI president (2008-11),” an official was quoted in India Today. “After Srinivasan said that we all applauded.”

Srinivasan was quoted in India Today as saying, “None of you know that he was once offered the ICC president ship, but knowing the man he is, he declined the offer… But he is still quite young and I think he should accept it sometime in the future.”

“People in the ICC felt that he should become the president – that’s the esteem in which they held him,” he added.

Srinivasan also added that according to current rules Shashank Manohar could not continue Sharad Pawar as next president.

“Today, a rotation system is in place for electing the ICC president. Unless it is changed, two persons from one country can’t become president one after the other,” he said.

When asked if the ICC constitution would be changed, Srinivasan replied “That’s speculative. Don’t ask me.”

Srinivasan praised Manohar for his impeccable record as a clean administrator. He said, “An outstation official can easily pocket Rs 20,000 as incidental and dearness allowance for a single day’s meeting. This is besides the five-star hospitality and more allowance if he stays overnight at the venue of the meeting. But Manohar always declined the allowances.”