10 things to know about new BCCI president Shashank Manohar

first_imgShashank Manohar has taken over as BCCI president and will be at the helm of things in the board for the second time. The 58-year old was elected unopposed in a special general meeting at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.  Manohar was nominated for a second term by all full members of the East Zone. All the six units of East Zone unanimously proposed Manohar’s candidature for the president’s post. He will hold office till 2017. Here are a few things to know about the newly elected BCCI chief:Manohar, who was born in Nagpur on 29th September 1957, was the son of a former advocate general of Maharashtra.He himself is a lawyer by profession and gained prominence in the cricket fraternity when he headed the Vidarbha Cricket Association in 1996.Manohar was known to be a man of less words and more action. He, unlike the previous presidents wasn’t involved in lot of marketing, but was more inclined towards administration issues.Manohar was involved in a face-off with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. During the 2004 Australia’s tour of India, Ganguly wasn’t happy with the green top that was given to his team in Nagpur. After getting negative response from the cricket board, Ganguly opted to sit out of the third Test citing illness. Australia eventually went on to win the Test match by 342 runs and took an unassailable two-match lead in the four-match series. Manohar made the headlines for the first time for his spat with Ganguly. But both of them have come a long way since the incident happened and notably, Ganguly’s farewell Test was played in Nagpur.Manohar played a crucial role during Sharad Pawar’s reign during 2005 and 2008. Eventually, the Vidarbha chief went on to become BCCI president for the first time in 2008. He held the post till 2011.Manohar was involved in cancellation on IPL invitation to tender saying they were rigged. It was learnt that the then IPL chairman Lalit Modi had deliberately favoured a few parties when it came to participating in the auction. Fresh auction was called for and Manohar won all praise for doing so.Manohar played a crucial role in suspending Lalit Modi. Manohar was believed to have given a fair trial to Modi through the board’s disciplinary committee. He forced BCCI to pass a resolution to nominate IPL governing chairman at every AGM from then on.India, under MS Dhoni, climbed to the top spot in Test ratings, when Manohar was holding the top post in BCCI.Manohar suggested performance based incentives to players after team India’s poor show at the 2007 Cricket World Cup in West Indies.Manohar first travelled abroad only during his tenure as president when he went to attend International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai. advertisementlast_img

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