ICC set to discuss nomination process for next chairman
The International Cricket Council (ICC) board members are set to discuss nomination process for its next chairman, via a video-conference on Thursday. While the ICC has already deferred decision on T20 World Cup by a month, the primary agenda of discussion will be the nomination process. Presently, the post is held by India's Shashank Manohar. Here is more.
Here is what the board member said
"I am still not sure whether the date of election (or selection) will be announced tomorrow or not. Obviously the primary agenda is discussion on the nomination process for Shashank Manohar's replacement," an ICC board member told PTI.
Colin Graves appear to be the front-runner
Although former ECB chairman Colin Graves is the front-runner to replace Shashank Manohar, one can't rule out the possibility of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly taking over. Previously, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani ruled himself out of the race during a media interaction. That 75-year-old had stated that cricket in Pakistan will always remain his topmost priority.
Ganguly's tenure as BCCI president ends in July
Ganguly was elected as BCCI president last year, while his tenure is about to end in July. He is required to undergo a three-year cooling off period once his tenure ends. The administration has already moved to Supreme Court, seeking an amendment to constitutional provisions.
Ganguly's appointment will also rely on his political ambitions
According to sources, Ganguly is unlikely to contest if he is not a unanimous choice for the post. "We still don't know whether Ganguly has any political ambitions. If he has, he can always be the ICC chairman for a year and then be a BJP chief ministerial candidate for the state assembly elections in West Bengal in 2021," a BCCI insider said.
The decision on T20 World Cup
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already postponed the decision on T20 World Cup. The global cricket board said it will continue to explore a number of contingency plans regarding the tournament's future, until next month. Several factors will be evaluated under the planning process. As per the original schedule, the tournament is due to begin on October 18.