Shashank Manohar was the
unanimous choice as BCCI President
and this was confirmed in the Special
General Meeting of the BCCI in
Mumbai on Sunday.
Mumbai: A new era has begun in the
BCCI with Shashank Manohar being
appointed unopposed as the President
for the second time. His
appointment was ratified in the
Special General Meeting of the BCCI
in Mumbai on Sunday.
All the six units of East Zone
unanimously proposed Manohar’s
candidature for the president’s post,
reflecting Srinivasan’s diminishing
hold in Board’s power politics. A
BCCI by-election needed only one
proposer from the zone which is
electing the president and it was the
East’s turn this time. Manohar got
the nod from all the six associations
and was the lone nomination.
Mr. Shashank Manohar elected
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Speaking to the media after his
appointment, Manohar thanked the
fans for making BCCI what it is.
“BCCI is a huge brand in itself.
Without the support of the fans, it
would not have gotten big.” He
outlined the strategy the BCCI will
adopt in tackling corruption and
conflict of interest issues.
“BCCI will appoint ethics officer
independent of Board to look into
complaints of conflict of interest.
The Board will also educate the
players in order to wipe out
corruption from the game,” Manohar
Manohar also added that the Board is
also determined to develop women’s
cricket and stated that the main
priority of the BCCI was to ensure
that the 2016 World Twenty20 in
India was to be conducted in the best
This will be Manohar’s second stint
as BCCI President, having taken
over from Sharad Pawar in 2008/09.
It lasted for three years and it
ended in 2011 when N. Srinivasan
was appointed as the BCCI
President. ( N. Srinivasan Stays
Away from Shashank Manohar’s
Crowning Glory )
However, Srinivasan’s tenure was
marred by the Indian Premier League
scandal of 2013 and he “stepped
aside” in the wake of revelations
that his son-in-law, Gurunath
Meiyappan, was involved in betting.
Manohar was made the interim
president when Srinivasan stepped
aside and Jagmohan Dalmiya made a
spectacular comeback as president in
March 2015. ( Shashank Manohar-
Anurag Thakur Not In Favour of
Pawar-Srinivasan Alliance )
However, the death of Dalmiya
brought about an intense power
struggle in the BCCI. Many pitted
Srinivasan to come back into the fold
but two factors changed the
First, Srinivasan’s camp lost steam
after Vidarbha’s Manohar and Ajay
Shirke of Maharashtra, both Pawar
confidants, objected to a
compromise with the beleaguered
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association boss.
Second, Manohar, a senior Nagpur
lawyer, was deemed as an individual
who had a clean image and he was
backed by the Anurag Thakur camp.
Manohar was also accepted by the
majority of East Zone units, who
were given a chance to propose a
presidential candidate till 2017. It
was reported that Sourav Ganguly,
the newly-elected president of
Cricket Association of Bengal, would
propose Manohar’s name and either
Tripura or Assam could second.
Manohar’s appointment as BCCI
President was a mere formality
before the SGM as he enjoyed the
support of several major BCCI
factions. He emerged as a consensus
candidate after he was reportedly
backed by the Anurag Thakur-Arun
Jaitley (BJP) faction. “Manohar is
our consensus candidate,” Thakur
addressed the media.