ICC board rejects Manu Sawhney appeal, Indra Nooyi chairs meeting – The International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting, which was headed by an independent director of the world body Indra Nooyi, rejected an appeal by Manu Sawhney against his dismissal. The meeting lasted for two hours before dismissing Sawhney appeal against his dismissal back on July 8 after an impromptu board meeting. ICC chairman Greg Barclary did not chair the meeting.
Greg Barclary was the whistleblower against Sawhney and thus he not attending the meeting was understandable as it would not have been fair on Sawhney.
In accordance with paragraph 7 of the ICC’s disciplinary policy clause 17.4 of Sawhney’s employment contract, he was granted the option of an appeal against the ‘guilty verdict’. According to Cricbuzz, there were some heated arrangements during the meeting which Sawhney also attended. In the end, a unanimous decision was taken against Sawhney.
Allegations on Manu Sawhney – Sawhney was suspended on March 9 on four charges
- Sawhney conducted targeted acts of bullying against certain staff
- Sawhney exhibited physical aggression
- Sawhney behaviour directly or indirectly impacted individuals’ health and wellbeing
- Sawhney failed to report to the Board and implemented decisions without proper consultation
He was also alleged of failing to report to the board before implementing various decisions. After a disciplinary hearing, he was asked to leave on July 8.
“These allegations have been based completely on anonymous statements which no one has made any attempt to verify or investigate. On the basis of our bullet points, I could potentially lose my livelihood and my reputation. Frankly, the whole situation is nothing short of a sandal,” Sawhney had said last month.