Manohar reportedly met with members of the BCCI’s Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Tuesday to intimate them about his decision before emailing David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, on Wednesday.
“Honestly, my resignation has nothing to do with the ICC or its issues or the BCCI,” Manohar told The Hindu. “It’s purely a personal decision. Personal reasons have to remain personal. I told my wife about my decision on Monday evening.”
Manohar also said that he would not reconsider his decision.
The ICC confirmed that they received an email from Manohar tendering his resignation on Wednesday, saying in a statement that “The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement”.
For their part, the BCCI reacted to the development by saying the “sudden decision” had caught them by “surprise”. In a statement, the Indian board said, “Mr. Manohar’s contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable. He is a man of few words but excellent deeds. The BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) was looking forward to a long-term cooperation between the ICC and BCCI with Mr. Manohar at the helm of affairs. The BCCI wishes him the very best for his future endeavours.”
Manohar, who resigned from his post as a second-term BCCI president in May last year, became the first independent chairman of the ICC for a two-year term the same month.
Reports have suggested that the recent meeting between Manohar and Vinod Rai and Vikram Limaye of the CoA and Johri revolved around the financial and governance model constituted by the Big Three.
Manohar was lucid in his dislike for the model, where BCCI, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board shared a large chunk of world cricket revenue and decision making powers. After taking up the post at the helm of the ICC, Manohar attempted to revoke the model, prompting the BCCI to take a stance against him. Manohar wanted ICC’s revenue cut for BCCI reduced to about 16% from the original 20.60%. In a subsequent revision, the BCCI’s share was brought down to 10-10.2%.
In the wake of the revision, Limaye had said that the methods used to arrive at the break-up “weren’t scientific”. But during the meeting with CoA, Manohar is said to have maintained his stance, saying, “I will maintain even today that there cannot be a scientific formula.”
After his resignation, Manohar clarified that he could not have made his decision public earlier, and most of the ICC bigwigs “would not have allowed me to resign”.
Source: Wisden India