PCB chairman Mani as next ICC Chief?
Shashank Manohar will step down as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman next month. In this place, the name of his compatriot, the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly’s name can be heard for some times.
Many former cricketers from different countries are giving support to Sourav. Tiger supporters hope that Bangladesh will also benefit from Sourav if he takes over as ICC chief.
However, Pakistan’s leading English daily ‘The News’ reported that Ehsan Mani is leading the race to become the new chairman of the ICC, not Sourav. A source close to Mani claimed that a number of major Test playing nations were interested in seeing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman in the post.
According to the source, a number of Test playing nations are worried about India’s growing influence in world cricket. So they want to see Ehsan Mani as the ICC chairman in next month’s election.
However, the source expressed doubts about whether Mani will join the fight in the end. According to the source,
“He (Mani) accepted the role to become PCB chairman after being convinced by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He took the responsibility as he wanted to serve Pakistan cricket. He will have to leave PCB prematurely if he agrees to contest the election and is successful in the bid to become ICC Chairman.”
However, the pressure from the member boards to bring back Ehsan Mani to lead World Cricket may increase. Because before that he had the experience of successfully serving as the ICC President in 2003.
As a result, even if Sourav Ganguly takes part in the election, his close sources are claiming that there is a good chance that Mani will win the post of ICC chairman. Let’s see what happens in the end!