India’s Shashank Manohar resigned Wednesday as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a reported fallout with his own country’s governing body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over efforts to reform the game’s world governing body.
However, he told ESPNcricinfo that any differences he might have had with the BCCI did not influence his decision to resign.
Manohar took over last year as the first independent ICC chairman for a two-year term and had been trying to bring in changes to the ICC’s governance designed to reduce the power of cricket’s most powerful nations ─ India, Australia and England.
“The ICC has confirmed it has received an email from Chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation,” the organisation said in a brief statement after news of the resignation had been leaked. “The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement.”
Manohar, the 59-year-old former head of the Indian board, cited personal reasons in his letter to ICC chief executive David Richardson, according to the ESPNcricinfo.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”