The kith and kin among the boards (BCCI and PCB) is yet again in the spotlight with hearsays portentous that both the boards are at odds over ICC’s election method to select the fresh chairperson. The ICC Board met on Monday with an eye to finalise the election process and timeline for the next ICC chair.
The spot is unfilled after Shashank Manohar walked down on 30th June. At the instant, the global body’s deputy chairman Imran Khwaja is assuming the responsibilities of the chairperson until Manohar’s replacement is elected.
Nevertheless, the board members were unsuccessful to reach a decision once again as the members are divided into two halves over how the chairperson should be selected. India and Pakistan are reportedly leading the two halves.
As per media reports, the governing body stands divided with 11 members, including India, England, Australia, South Africa and seven others on one side and interim chairman Imran Khwaja, independent director Indra Nooyi, three associated members and PCB on the other, to nominate the next independent chair. Or, in all likelihood, will it be done through consensus.
“There are 17 votes in the ICC. A 2/3rd majority to elect the new chair will mean any potential contender will require 12 votes whereas in a simple majority, anybody who gets nine votes will win,” sources were quoted as saying by The Times of India.
“Essentially, this is an India vs Pakistan game playing out there in the ICC. Now, it’s for the BCCI to take a call on what they should be doing,” added the sources.
With India-Pakistan bonds yet again in the bulletin for all the incorrect reasons, PCB chief Ehsan Mani has retorted to it. But conflicting the widespread conjecture, the PCB supremo has alleged the relation between the two cricket bodies is upright. In fact, he also specified that anything concerning how the chairperson should be elected was not conversed.
“There was absolutely no rift between PCB and BCCI at the Directors meeting. The two-thirds or simple majority was not discussed at all,” Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Given that the game is facing an acute economic crisis due to the corona pandemic, maximum members supposedly want India to undertake the control. Current reports suggest that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly could be the new head of the ICC. The ICC is apparently keeping an eye on the August 17 court hearing, which is a cause for the delay. The Supreme Court is likely to hear the BCCI matter, including the matter of the cooling-off section and changes in banning norms that the cricket board has demanded, next week. A lot might hinge on whether Sourav Ganguly is permitted to remain as the BCCI president.