Shashank Manohar on Wednesday stepped down as ICC Chairman after two, two-year tenures at the helm.
Imran Khwaja, who was the deputy chairman, is set to be the interim Chairperson until a successor is elected, the ICC Board meet decided on Wednesday.
“On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.
After rising to the chairmanship in November 2015, Manohar went on to claim a second term in 2018 by getting elected unopposed for a second time.
Now after his resignation, former ECB chairman Colin Graves and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly are the frontrunners for the seat. Former Cricket West Indies head Dave Cameron, New Zealand’s Gregor Barclay, Cricket South Africa’s Chris Nenzani have also shown interest at different times.
The 62-year-old lawyer had previously been the BCCI President twice — first stint was from 2008 to 2011 and second time from October 2015 to May 2016, a part of which coincided with the ICC chairmanship.
Manohar, as per ICC rules, could have stayed for another two-year term as a maximum of three terms are allowed for an independent chairman.
The process for the Chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.
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