Shashank Manohar © Getty Images
Shashank Manohar (above) is the president of BCCI, having taken over after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya© Getty Images

Shashank Manohar, president of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), spoke about a wide variety of things on a Facebook question and answer session on various topics ranging from his personal likes and preferences to his aim for BCCI and Indian cricket. Some of the things he spoke of included DRS, the Nagpur pitch controversy, ICC World T20 2016, his favourite cricketer of all time, and his favourite Indian Test captain, among other things. Regarding the DRS, Manohar said that there are a lot of problems in the DRS system, and that other countries too have complained. He said BCCI will not accept DRS till all the problems are sorted out. READ: BCCI open to support physically challenged cricket

Regarding the Nagpur pitch, Manohar said, “ICC has framed rules with regard to poor wickets…There are terms defined by ICC such as ‘excellent,’ ‘good,’ ‘poor,’ and ‘dangerous.’ If there is excessive spin or seam movement the pitch is deemed ‘poor.’ We will abide by the ICC’s decision.” When asked about why there would be only eight venues in India for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Manohar said, “When ICC decided to hold ICC Cricket World Cup 2016, India had offered 8 venues. ICC did not want more than 5 venues to be used. Anurag Thakur said at a meeting in Barbados that India will not agree to less than 8 venues.”

Manohar was also asked about his favourite cricketer of all time, who he said was Sir Garfield Sobers. When asked about the first match he witnessed live, he said it was the first Test of New Zealand’s 1969 tour to India. Though India lost the match, he had fond memories. He also said that his favourite Indian Test captain was Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, whom he called “aggressive, never defensive, and always took the team with him.” READ: Sourav Ganguly has no conflict of interest with IPL and ISL: Shashank Manohar

Asked about his goal as president of BCCI, Manohar said it was “To make BCCI transparent, restore the faith of all cricketing fans of the game, and improve standard of cricket in India.” Queried regarding Test cricket’s dwindling audiences, Manohar said the abundance of cricket, more formats, the introduction of TV, and less time overall for the spectators has caused the problem. He said, “Let us see whether Day-Night Tests will improve attendance.”