The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves is the front-runner to take up the position of next ICC president after ethics officer has dismissed incumbent Shashank Manohar claim that there was an monetary exchange between ECB and Cricket West Indies (CWI) with an eye on the elections.
Shashank Manohar is nearing the end of his two-year term with the elections set to take place in July. According to a document accessed by news agency IANS, the Ethics Officer has now dismissed the chairman’s fear about the money exchange between the two boards.
Details from the documents
“In consideration of all the facts that are in my possession, and in consideration of all the paragraphs extracted from the Code as laid out in paragraph 2, I am convinced there has been no intentional violation of the Code by any party or Code signatory. In making my assessment, I consider the matter of the loan made by the ECB to CWI at around the time of an imminent ICC election for its new Chairperson to have been thoroughly and objectively evaluated by me, and that I have received sufficient information to complete the evaluation.
“I attest that it is clear beyond any doubt, that both parties to the loan, including the Code signatories, in their understandable haste to achieve a short-term business solution, the details of which are reasonable and understandable, have only acted in accordance with their pressing and necessary business and cricket reasons.
“I attest that I do not believe the loan was made or received in the context of, or in relation with the matter of the forthcoming election for a new ICC Chairperson,” he stated.
According to the report, a BCCI official has said the new agency that Graves is likely to step down as ECB chairman on August 31 and remains favourite to take up the position of ICC president.