New Delhi: Speculations are rife that the incumbent president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Shashank Manohar will tender his resignation from the top post within a fortnight.
According to reports emerging on Friday, the lawyer from Nagpur, in all likelihood, will put in his papers by mid-May, possibly a week before the International Cricket Council's (ICC) secret ballot to elect its first independent chairman.
He only took the board's top position last October and if he resigns this May, it will be one of the shortest terms ever served by a president. It's worth noting that Jagmohan Dalmiya's reign lasted only six months — from March to September 2015 — until he passed away.
If at all Manohar wins the ICC chairman's election, then he will be eligible to hold the post till 2021.
The executive board of the global body passed a rule that ICC's chairman should be of independent nature and can't act in dual role keeping his position as his country's cricketing chief.
Thanks to the economic clout and the veritable position the Indian cricket board holds, Manohar's selection to the world cricket's top post can be considered a done job.
But, those in the know of things feel that Manohar won't take that risk if he cannot gather consensus in the matter.
One factor which can hamper Manohar's emergence as world boss, is that Australian and English boards were not pleased with his decision to dismantle the revenue sharing structure where 'Big Three' got the share of the pie.
Earlier, it was widely reported that — if such a situation emerges — Sharad Pawar would be the frontrunner to replace Manohar.