Shashank Manohar has been anti-Indian: N Srinivasan
Shashank Manohar has announced his resignation after holding the post of ICC chairman for two consecutive terms. N Srinivasan, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said his departure has been auspicious for Indian cricket. Not only that, he has also called Shashank ‘anti-Indian’.
On Wednesday (July 1), Shashank Manohar announced his resignation after serving as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman for a total of four years in two-year time period. Deputy chairman Imran Khwaja has been given the task of filling the vacancy until a new one takes over at the end of the ICC board meeting.
Since taking over as ICC chairman in 2016, Shashank Manohar has come under fire from Indian cricket officials for a variety of reasons. In particular, he has become disgusted with the BCCI for ending the Big Three’ practice in cricket after the 2015 World Cup. That is exactly what Srinivasan has indicated.
According to Srinivasan, Indian cricket has suffered financially because of Shashank Manohar. As a result, the country’s cricketers have been happy with his departure. Srinivasan has been widely critical of Manohar for stepping down as BCCI president at a critical juncture in 2015 and the ICC in the wake of the coronavirus situation.
“My personal view is he has done so much damage to Indian cricket that every person involved in Indian cricket will be happy (with his exit). He has hurt India’s finances in the game, has hurt India’s chances at the ICC, he has been anti-Indian and has reduced India’s importance in world cricket. He is running away now because he knows he will not get any bow from the Indian leadership. He has caused huge damage,”
The BCCI had opposed Manohar’s nomination for the post of ICC chairman for a second term in 2019. Note that Manohar had the opportunity to serve for two more years, but he did not agree to continue. According to Srinivasan, Manohar knows that he will not get the new BCCI leadership he took over last year.
The BCCI has been blaming Manohar for reducing India’s share in the ICC’s dividend for several years. Earlier, during Srinivasan’s tenure as ICC chairman, the ICC introduced the ‘Big Three’ model. According to this model, India, England and Australia receive the bulk of the ICC’s dividends. But Manohar rejected this model.