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ICC to pick Ganguly or Graves as its next chairman on Thursday





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The names of Sourav Ganguly (president of BCCI) and Colin Graves (chief of ECB) heard as the would-be chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) after the incumbent Shashank Manohar.

Although the matter is yet to be finalized but it’ll be discussed on the ICC’s online board meeting on Thursday.

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar has decided to step down from his position after the end of this year’s term. He will not extend for the second term, the governing body said on Wednesday.

“No final decision was taken regarding the election process and the subject will be discussed further at the next ICC Board meeting on Thursday,” the ICC said in a statement.

“The existing Chair confirmed he was not seeking any extension to his term but would support the board to ensure a smooth transition.”

The president of ICC used to head the board of directors but the position largely became honorary after constitutional changes in 2014 which saw the creation of the chairman’s post.

However, Manohar reforms it in 2016 and became the first independent chairman of the governing body with no formal links to any other country’s board. The position of the ICC president was also abolished then.

Prominent Indian lawyer Manohar was unanimously elected on a two-year term but in March 2017 he resigned from the post for personal reasons only to defer his resignation a week later. He was again re-elected unopposed for a second two-year term in 2018.

The new chairman is set to formally take over when the ICC’s annual general meeting which is going to be held at the end of July.

The president of Indian cricket board (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly name has also heard, where Cricket South Africa director Graeme Smith backing the former India skipper to take over the reins of the ICC.

BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told reporters that the board is open to have Ganguly succeeding Manohar but had not discussed the matter yet, provided there is consensus on it.

“BCCI has not taken any call on fielding anyone from India for the job,” Dhumal said.

“The election process has not started yet. Once the election date is announced, we’ll discuss with all cricket boards and take a call.

“Ideally there should be a consensus candidate so that there is no election as world cricket is facing a big problem because of the pandemic. To resolve it, everyone has to come together,” he said.