Shashank Manohar on Wednesday stepped down as the International Cricket Council’s first independent chairman, ending a stint which coincided with the BCCI losing its influence in the world body. Manohar took charge as ICC Chairman in November 2015. His deputy Imran Khwaja, from Hong Kong, will be the interim chairman. ICC has said that the nomination process for the ICC chairman’s elections will be completed by Monday.
Check out the potential candidates who can be in line to be the next ICC Chairman.
ICC’S Chairman post – Potential Contenders
The Biggest Contenders
Former ECB chairman Colin Graves
Graves is extremely astute administrator and will have a backing of Cricket Australia, ECB and BCCI if the later themselves does not field their candidate. But the issue for Grave will be that he does not enjoy backing of boards like Cricket South Africa & few others. If BCCI backs him, there will be no stopping for the English man.
Sourav Ganguly – Only if he decides to contest
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and the board itself are keeping all the cards extremely close to their chest. Ganguly’s candidature will depend on whether the Supreme Court would allow him to continue as BCCI President by relaxing the cooling off norms mandated by the Lodha administrative reforms or not. If not, the former India skipper will surely vie for the ICC’s big post. And if that happens, Ganguly can be elected unopposed by anyone else and BCCI can wield the same power on the global body what they had in the past.
‘If he and BCCI decides, no one can stop him. The board can easily maneuver votes for him. Not only that, he will also be a very able choice to lead the world body”, said one of the current ICC board member.
Imran Khawaja : Interim ICC Chairman
In the lieu of resignation of Manohar, deputy chairman Imran Khawaja of the Singapore Cricket Association is the ICC’s interim chairman. Khwaja is a lawyer by profession and also has been the former president of Singapore Cricket Association. He can be a compromise candidate for few, but member of a certain associate nation taking over ICC’s chairman post in the presence of Big 3 is little difficult to fathom.
Dave Cameron : Former Cricket West Indies head
Cameron is the only one who has officially thrown his hat in the ring for the big post. He is backed by United States Cricket Hall of Fame. But for him to have any real chance his first challenge would be garner two full members to nominate him.
Other than these gentleman some rank outsiders like New Zealand’s Gregor Barclay, Cricket South Africa’s Chris Nenzani can attempt to contest but will struggle for backers.
ICC nomination process for election to be completed by next week
The process for the election of the next chairperson is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.
With Manohar’s exit, BCCI can breath easy !
But Manohar’s exit from the scene couldn’t have come at a better time for the BCCI, which is desperate to hold the IPL in the October-November window instead of the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in Australia.
While none of the top BCCI bigwigs were ready to comment but Manohar’s strained relations with successive Board regimes from his bete noire N Srinivasan’s time meant that none of them were unhappy with his departure.Those in the know of things believe that BCCI can have a better working relationship with the new chairman and if it is Ganguly, it will be nothing short of icing on the cake.
The issues with regards to tax rebate for two ICC tournaments (T20 World cup 2021 and ODI World Cup 2023) is one thing that will be foremost on their agenda.
The BCCI will also like to have a re-look at the revenue sharing model after the ICC, under Manohar’s leadership, scrapped the ‘BIG Three’ model.
The Big Three Model had Australia, England and India sharing a bulk of the ICC revenue but India, during a 2017 Board meeting, got outvoted on it. Many Indian board members think the BCCI deserved a bigger share from the ICC spoils. But it was cut down from $570 million to $405 million and eventually to $365 million.
Despite India being the biggest market for ICC’s advertisement revenue, there is currently no BCCI representation in the global body’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA).