NEW DELHI: (APP) India’s Manohar elected ICC chairmen
India's Shashank Manohar was elected International Cricket Council chairman Thursday after championing reforms to ensure the governing body is not run simply for the benefit of its most powerful nations.
Days after quitting India's board, Manohar was unanimously chosen as the first "independent" ICC chairman following reforms designed to ensure the incumbent no longer feels obliged to promote his own country's interests.
"It is an honour to be elected as the chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities," Manohar said in a statement after the election at a meeting in Dubai.
"I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket ."
Manohar had been serving as head of the ICC in his role as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in line with the organisation's previous system of rotating chairmanships.
But under reforms that he himself helped draw up and implement, the ICC has amended its constitution to bring in direct elections for the position which will now be officially an independent post.
The 58-year-old Manohar had resigned as BCCI president on Tuesday in a move that freed him up to run for the ICC chairmanship, and his election had been widely predicted.