Shashank Manohar has served two terms as chairman of the ICC. He was first appointed in 2016.
The ICC on Monday set October 18 as the deadline for the Board of Directors to propose a candidate for chairman to replace Shashank Manohar, ending a nearly three-month stalemate in the nomination process.
The process will be overseen by an independent chair of the ICC Audit Committee. However, the global body has yet to determine voting procedures if there are multiple candidates.
If the election takes place according to existing rules, a candidate will need two-thirds of the ICC Council members’ 17 votes, which is roughly 11 or 12.
There are some member states, however, who want a simple majority of which nine will be enough to win the election.
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That is precisely the reason, the ICC stated that the next chair might take office from December.
“The process, which is overseen by the Independent Chair of the ICC Audit Committee, has started and the first stage is the nomination of potential candidates to be carried out by the current Board of Directors on 18 October 2020,” said ICC in its release.
Deputy Manohar Imran Khawaja is currently serving as the acting chairman following his resignation in July.
“The process for selecting the next chairman is ongoing and is expected to be completed by early December,” the ICC said.
However, the nominating process remains the same where the Board of Directors currently nominates a candidate, who needs to be seconded by another director.
“As outlined in the ICC Constitution, to be eligible, potential candidates must be current or former ICC Directors,” the release concluded.
A senior official familiar with developments at the ICC said that the gap of one and a half months between candidacy and elections had been bought to reach consensus where possible.
“You have to understand that the main reason for this delay is not being able to form a consensus candidate. If not, it won’t take you five months since Shashank stepped down on July 1 and the next chairman will effectively take over in December.
“At least two strong councils want a simple majority while one board with a former ICC honcho is swimming in the opposite direction,” the senior official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“What you read in the ICC media release is the nomination process that’s been the same for years now. All you need is to be a former or former ICC Director. But what about the voting process? “He asked.
As far as potential candidates are concerned, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in a previous interview with a TV channel indicated that at 48, he has a year ahead in cricket administration and doesn’t mind waiting for his turn while concentrating on the functions of his own cricket board. .
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, who has been in the ICC hot seat for previous years, has made it clear that his country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan wants him to continue on his own cricket board.
Former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves was at one point a runaway favorite to replace Manohar with BCCI backing but things have changed since then.
The current acting chairperson of Khawaja, in case of an election, will definitely find it difficult to win by a two-thirds majority.
With many candidates such as former South African Cricket boss Chris Nenzani and former West Indies Cricket chief Dave Cameron also harboring ambitions for the top position, the ICC Board of Directors will navigate through choppy waters to decide the process to elect the next chairman of policy makers from the global body.