New Delhi: As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called for its Special General Meeting (SGM) to elect its new president, here are things you need to know about Shashank Manohar, board's consensus candiate.
He served as the 29th President of the BCCI from 2008 to 2011. Before this, Manohar was President of Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA).
Manohar wasn't interested in a second term for the BCCI's top post. However, he was convinced after BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who along with Manohar and former treasurer Ajay Shirke, met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at his residence on September 24 and discussed the way forward to break the leadership stalemate.
Manohar has the backing of two of the three groups in the BCCI. Besides Sharad Pawar's group, Manohar has the backing of Thakur and the rest of the votes influenced by the BJP, which is in power at the Centre.
Manohar has often been hailed for his integrity and it was once again evident when he lashed out at the people involved in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and demanded an investigation for every match of the season. In the aftermath of the controversy that rocked Indian cricket, there were reports of Manohar being given the charge of BCCI once again but he refused to take charge on an ad-hoc basis saying that it was void as per the BCCI constitution.
The SGM could also signal the end of the Srinivasan era in the BCCI, whose image has taken a beating over the past two years in the wake of the betting and spot-fixing scandal that rocked the IPL in 2013. Manohar's stand against Srinivasan was another reason why he is being backed by most of the factions to emerge the winner in Sunday's much-awaited meeting.