Shashank Manohar took over the most powerful cricket board in the world following the then president Jagmohan Dalmiya's death in 2015. This was his second stint as BCCI president after he had served from 2008 to 2011.

Manohar has been known in the Cricketing fraternity for taking bold decisions, like shifting of IPL to South Africa in the year 2009. This drew him a lot of flak and it was alleged that this move will introduce foreign factors into a domestic league. In more recent times, he revoked USD 41.97 million fine on West Indies Cricket Board which was slapped by BCCI in 2014 for calling back the West Indies team midway during their tour to India. He also opposed the monopolies of England Cricket Board, Cricket Australia, and even BCCI, even though it predicted to cause a financial loss of around 3000-4000 crore rupees to the Indian cricket body.

In retrospect, these decisions have only earned him the goodwill of struggling cricket boards like PCB and WICB as they got an equal opportunity to exercise their votes. This move of his has in all probabilities earned him supporters, and friends at the international level, especially with the neighbours.

It would also be interesting to note that the decision to have an independent ICC chairman was taken under the leadership of Shashank Manohar.

After his abrupt resignation on Tuesday, Manohar was quoted as saying that he quit from the post because of the complications that might arise with the implementation of the recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Panel. Now that he has been chosen as the ICC chairman, questions are being raised on his credibility and sincerity. The fact that he left the all important post at a time when the BCCI needed him most has not got down well with his friends and critics alike.

And why not? He has almost acted like a deserter, a soldier who runs away from the war zone to save his hide, without giving a thought to the interests of those he was responsible for.

Things have turned rather more difficult for BCCI which is already struggling with the imminent implementation of Lodha Panel recommendations. The captain-less cricket board is looking for a suitable person to lead the body out of the current adverse phase. As of now, BJP MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur is at the forefront for the top post.

The fate of BCCI and ICC seems to be entwined now after Manohar's election as chairman and cricket enthusiasts can expect some interesting times ahead.

By: Ira Shukla

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