The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday, confirmed that India's Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as its independent chairman till 2020. This, after former England Cricket Board chief Giles Clarke failed to garner any support for this candidature.
As reported by DNA during ICC's Kolkata meet last month, most of the ICC board members were keen to see Manohar continue in his role to ensure the success of the newly-conceptualised Test Championship and ODI Championship set to begin next year.
Also, as chairman he spearheaded efforts to restructure the ICC to curb the dominance of cricket's three wealthiest nations—Australia, India and England.
Manohar ended up being the sole nominee and the ICC board unanimously elected him as the chairman for a second-term, thereby even avoiding election during its annual conference scheduled to take place in June.
This paper has learnt that Clarke even failed to garner support from his home board—England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) -- as the board directors saw Manohar providing more stability in the days to come.
The ICC, in a statement released shortly after his tenure was extended on Tuesday, said: "During the last two years, Manohar has led significant reform of the sport, reversing the resolutions of 2014, introducing a revised governance structure including the appointment of the ICC's first independent female direc...