Shashank Manohar    AFP
Shashank Manohar AFP

Sources suggest that Shashank Manohar has resigned as International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman with immediate effect after a stint of a mere eight months for ‘personal reasons’. He had signed a two-year term with ICC in May 2016 immediately after stepping down as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). History was created in the process, as Manohar became the first unanimously elected ICC Chairman. With his resignation coming in without a notice, it remains to be seen how and who will be elected as the new chairman top position in world cricket.

According ESPNCricinfo, Manohar explained his reasons in a letter to ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson: “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. 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 future.”

Manohar, former President of Vidarbha Cricket Association, had two stints as BCCI President, first from 2008 to 2011 and later from November 2015 (as successor to Jagmohan Dalmiya) to May 2016. He is renowned for his outspoken, no-holds-barred nature, which had earned him accolades and criticism at the same time. During his first phase as BCCI President, he had suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi. Later, as ICC Chairman, Manohar was responsible for the sacking of then BCCI Chairman N Srinivasan, in November 2015.