PCB Chief Ehsan Mani Responds After Rumours Of India-Pakistan Rift In ICC Boardroom Emerges

PCB Chief Ehsan Mani Responds After Rumours Of India-Pakistan Rift In ICC Boardroom Emerges

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani (Credits: Getty)

The relation between BCCI and the PCB is once again in the limelight with reports suggesting that both the boards are at loggerheads over ICC’s election process to elect the new chairperson.

As per media reports, some of the ICC members including PCB have insisted that the governing body’s next chairperson should be elected on basis of a 2/3rd majority while most member boards – including India, England and Australia – want Shashank Manohar’s successor to be elected by a simple majority.

The ICC’s board meeting took place on Monday to come to a decision on the matter. However, the board members failed to reach a conclusion once again as the members are divided in two halves over how the chairperson should be selected. India and Pakistan are reportedly leading the two halves.

“There are 17 votes in the ICC. A 2/3rd majority to elect the new chair will mean any potential contender will require 12 votes whereas in a simple majority, anybody who gets nine votes will win,” sources were quoted as saying by The Times of India.

“The governing body stands divided with 11 members, including India, England, Australia, South Africa and seven others on one side and interim chairman Imran Khwaja, independent director Indra Nooyi, three associated members and PCB on the other.

“Essentially, this is an India vs Pakistan game playing out there in the ICC. Now, it’s for the BCCI to take a call on what they should be doing,” added the sources.

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Ehsan Mani responds:

With India-Pakistan relation once again in the news for all the wrong reasons, PCB chief Ehsan Mani has responded to it. But contrary to the popular speculation, the PCB supremo has said the relation between the two cricket bodies is good. In fact, he also stated that anything regarding how the chairperson should be selected was not discussed.

“There was absolutely no rift between PCB and BCCI at the Directors meeting. The two-thirds or simple majority was not discussed at all,” Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

At present, ICC chairperson’s position has fallen vacant after Shashank Manohar stepped down on June 30. At the moment, the global body’s deputy chairman Imran Khwaja is assuming the responsibilities of the chairperson until Manohar’s successor is elected.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar (Credits: Getty Images.)

With the game facing financial problems due to the pandemic, most of the members reportedly want India to assume the leadership. Recent reports suggest that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly could be the new head of the ICC.  The ICC is reportedly keeping an eye on the August 17 court hearing, which is a reason for the delay.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the BCCI matter, including the matter of the cooling-off clause and changes in disqualification criteria that the cricket board has requested for, next week. A lot might depend on whether Sourav Ganguly is allowed to continue as the BCCI president.

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