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ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar on Wednesday stepped down from the post after two-year tenures at its helm, the International Cricket Council has announced.

The governing body of the game announced the decision after the ICC Board met today. Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until Shashank Manohar’s replacement is elected. The process for the Chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.

“On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.

“Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it,” ICC Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja said.

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Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar (Credits: Getty Images.)

Shashank Manohar, who served as the BCCI chief twice, enjoyed his second term as the ICC chairman. In 2016, he became the first independent ICC Chairman in 2016 before being re-elected unopposed in 2018.

In the first two years in office, Shashank Manohar oversaw changes to ICC’s governance structure and financial model, despite strong opposition from BCCI. When it was time for the election in 2018, he was the only candidate put forth by the directors at ICC.

Meanwhile, Colin Graves, who has already announced that his tenure as ECB chairman will end on August 3, is among the front-runners to replace Shashank Manohar. Several media reports also suggested that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, whose tenure ends this month, is also in contention for the post.

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