Shashank Manohar may have decided to quit his BCCI post in the wake of the Lodha panel suggestions, which is going to de-centralize the board’s functioning, but a lot of members within the BCCI are unhappy with this move. They believe that Manohar was picked ahead of other candidates last year because of his ability to clean the game. He has done a good job of it, and leaving the post prematurely isn’t the right thing to do.
These members feel that the BCCI needs Manohar more because of his ‘clean image’. Someone as honest as him, who has been paying money out of his own pocket to attend the board meetings, has done his bit as the president and even prepared the last BCCI affidavit, which is presented in the Supreme Court.
But Manohar’s job is not over as yet. “Who else is better than Manohar in the board to understand the intricacies of this matter pertaining to the Lodha panel suggestions? He is after all one of the best legal minds in the country” the official asked.
Despite all the persuasion, Manohar is reluctant to change his mind. He had spoken to the other prominent BCCI members about his plan to vacate the BCCI post at least two months ago and he has his reasons for doing so. Even today, his stand on the issue hasn’t changed.
If the Lodha panel proposals are put to use, there won’t be “anything left” in the BCCI. As a president, he has implemented “75 per cent” of the suggestions, but the rest of the proposals are not good for the game. Therefore, Manohar doesn’t see the BCCI president playing much role in the functioning of the board after the panel suggestions are put to use. “It’s going to be an ornamental post from here on if those 25 per cent suggestions which the BCCI is opposing in the SC are put into use,” a source said.
Even the Vidharbha Cricket Association (VCA), from where he represents the board, is also going to be an associate member and as per the proposal of the SC-led committee of one-state one-association policy, there can’t be any BCCI office-bearer from an associate member. As a former president of the VCA, Manohar may not have a choice to continue because he doesn’t like breaking the rules. “The BCCI full membership is given on the basis of the cricket ability of the state. Not just for the sake of anything else,” another source revealed.
Contrary to what is being said, Manohar not only has plans to quit the board post but also the post of ICC’s chairman. “People think that he is quitting the BCCI job for ICC post. That is incorrect. He doesn’t know what is in store for him in the ICC and so he is not even thinking about it,” a source added.
Sources said Manohar rates the job of BCCI president higher than any other post. “If the panel suggestions are put to use, it will really erode the basic edifice of the game. As the head of the BCCI, he can’t wait to see this disaster happening,” a source added.
Perhaps, if the SC decides to ignore the suggestions like the one-state-one-association policy, ban on advertisements during cricket matches, allowing IPL franchisee owners to be a part of the IPL governing council and cooling off period of three years for a BCCI official to re-contest for the post, it could possibly make Manohar change his mind.
Right now, he has made up his mind to move on.
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