Shashank Manohar stuns cricketing world, steps down as ICC chairman

Reports said Manohar had stepped down because of the BCCI's resistance to his reforms. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Delhi, India Mar 15, 2017, 08.21 AM (IST)

Shashank Manohar has resigned -- with immediate effect -- as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

He cited "personal reasons” for his departure. 

Manohar had been elected to the post only in May last year for a tenure of two years, becoming the first independent chairman of the game's governing body.

WION has a copy of Manohar's resignation letter, which he sent to ICC CEO David Richardson.  

In it, Manohar says: "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." 

It is thought that Manohar resigned because of the BCCI's resistance to his reforms

Then, in the next paragraph, he adds: "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."  

It is thought that Manohar resigned because of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's resistance to his reforms. 

Manohar had been trying to reform the ICC's "Big Three" revenue-sharing model. The Big Three of the cricketing world are Australia, England, and India, with a major share of the ICC's revenue being split among the boards of the three countries. 

It was India that had led the resistance to Manohar's reforms.

The BCCI brought together three other boards -- those of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe -- in addition to itself to put a stop to Manohar's reforms.  

A total of four boards were needed to put a permanent stop to Manohar's reforms.