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Board Of Thorns

A fractured ICC twists this way and that to elect an independent chairman; its ambitious mandarins are ensnared in its controversial election process

Board Of Thorns
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Board Of Thorns
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2020-10-20T15:15:14+05:30

They say no match is won till the last ball is bowled. In Twenty20 cricket, it’s an axiomatic truth. This IPL has seen matches being decided by the super over. For a team that had the upper hand, then faltered at some point and lost the contest after being forced into the super over, it can be heartbreaking. Administrators of world cricket seem to have been enamoured by these last-gasp finishes, for no less thrilling are the dark practices of officials either yearning for the hotseat or holding on to coveted positions by manipulating governing laws.

On October 12, after months of speculation, the International Cricket Council—headquartered in Dubai, one of the venues of IPL 2020—sent out a brief three-paragraph media release confirming that the process for the election of its next chairperson is und­erway and is expected to be concluded by December. The release lacked clarity; the communication team refused to answer questions. The release came after the ICC on July 2 had said that its board would finalise within a “week” the process to accept nominations for the next independent chairman. The position has been vacant since Shashank Manohar resigned as ICC’s first independent chairman on July 1 after two terms of two years each. This inordinate delay to arrive at the still unc­lear ‘process’ only highlighted the faultlines among a handful who decide what is good for world cricket.

Manohar’s exit was not unexpected—his policies were seen as ‘anti-Indian’ and the Nagpur lawyer never really enj­oyed the support of the BCCI. Manohar took advantage of the almost three-year run that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators had in running the Indian cricket board, but after Sourav Ganguly was elected BCCI president in October last year and Union home minister...

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