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India's Shashank Manohar vacates position as ICC chairman
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India's Shashank Manohar vacates position as ICC chairman

India's Shashank Manohar will not continue as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after serving in the role for four years.

The 62-year-old's legacy in the leadership capacity surrounds his active efforts to restructure the ICC and curb the dominance of India, Australia and England.

Manohar's election was historic in nature when he became the apex cricket body's first independent chairman in 2016.

He was elected unopposed for a second two-year term in 2018 before deciding to step down recently.

"On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport," ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said.

"We wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

Manohar's position will be taken up by deputy chairman Imran Khwaja until a successor is formally elected, the ICC stated.

There is a stiff race for the top role as reports suggest incumbent BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is considering the job.

Ganguly has managed to garner the support of South African director of cricket Graeme Smith but it remains to be seen whether other boards would be willing to back the former India skipper.

Manohar has previously been in charge of the BCCI as well and successfully revised the ICC's governance by advocating for the appointment of its first independent female director.

"Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport," Khwaja said.

"There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it."