Jagmohan Dalmiya’s sudden demise recently after becoming the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief a few months earlier had brought open the question of who will take control of top cricket body in India, especially at a time of crisis. While BCCI Presidential elections have been announced to take place on October 4, the consensus candidate appears to be Shashank Manohar according to media reports. Many senior BCCI officials including Ajay Shirke, President, Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and former Treasurer of BCCI were reported saying that the board had unanimously chosen Manohar to take up the top job once again. Despite initial reluctance, reports say that he is now ready to once again head one of the world’s wealthiest sports body.
Manohar served as the BCCI President from 2008 to 2011 after which N. Srinivasan succeeded him. The reason for him being reappointed is his clean image and his tough stance on corruption in the sport. This comes at a time when the image of the cricket and the BCCI in India has been tarnished by numerous corruption and match fixing scandals. Many of the scandals involved the former BCCI Chief N. Srinivasan and son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan during Srinivasan’s tenure.
Manohar who is a lawyer has administered grassroots cricket as the president of Vidarbha Cricket Association for close to a decade. He has also been known as ‘Mr. Clean’ as a cricket administrator and has been known to shun publicity. According to reports he was known for tackling controversial issues and was at the forefront of BCCI’s battle to remove Lalit Modi, former IPL commissioner after multiple allegations of financial misappropriation began to emerge in 2010. While Manohar was earlier close to N. Srinivasan, who succeeded him to the post, he later on strongly criticized Srinivasan for not doing enough to curb the corruption post the IPL scandal in 2013. He had recently openly voiced his displeasure over the rumors of an alliance between former BCCI President and ICC President, Sharad Pawar and Srinivasan as the two had met in Nagpur recently.