In all probability, former BCCI President Shashank Manohar is all set to return for the top post at the Board’s Special General meeeting scheduled for today. Manohar emerged as the only candidate as all the six units of East Zone unanimously proposed his candidature for the president’s post. The 58-year-old lawyer from Vidarbha will take over the reins of BCCI for the second time after Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise last month in Kolkata.
“A BCCI by-election needs only one proposer from the zone which is electing the president and Manohar got the nod from all the six associations. Manohar’s was the lone nomination at the end of the 7 pm deadline,” a BCCI source said.
The proposers for Manohar’s name are Sourav Ganguly from Bengal, Sourav Dasgupta from Tripura, Gautam Roy from Assam, Ashirbad Behera of Odisha and Sanjay Singh of Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA). Apart from them, Dalmiya’s son Avishek is another proposer who is representing his family club National Cricket Club (NCC) in the upcoming SGM.
Manohar’s earlier stint was three years between 2008-09 and 2010-11.
His appointment would mean a big blow for N. Srinivasan’s chance of making a comeback into the BCCI atleast till 2017 when the current tenure ends. He had been a vocal critic of Srinivasan’s antics during the IPL spot-fixing saga. Srinivasan, too, had tried his best to stop the latter from becoming BCCI President even if it meant to align with his bitter enemy Sharad Pawar. But Pawar’s group members were not keen to strike any deal with the India Cements owner. With the backing of ruling BJP government’s high command Arun Jaitley and secretary Anurag Thakur, the road became clear for Manohar to return again.
Newly appointed Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly expressed his happiness, thereby forgetting all the tussles the two had regarding the green pitch prepared during the 2004 Nagpur Test of The Border Gavaskar Trophy. Manohar was the Vidarbha Cricket Association’s President at that time.
“Shashank Manohar has led BCCI in the past and is a capable person. I am sure he will do a good job,” said Ganguly.