Shashank Manohar will serve a second term as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the global governing body confirmed that he was the sole nominee put forward by the ICC board.
Manohar, 60, will continue for a second two-year term after being re-elected unopposed. An election process would have been held at the ICC’s annual conference in June, but the organisation said it had received no eligible nominations to challenge Manohar, who twice served as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
In 2016, Manohar left his role with the BCCI to become the first ICC independent chairman. Six months in, he said he would be stepping down for personal reasons, but was persuaded by the ICC board to stay on amid efforts to push through reform in world cricket.
During his first two years in charge, Manohar has overseen the launch of a new nine-team Test league and 13-team one-day international (ODI) league aimed at providing more opportunities for national teams to compete. Meanwhile, June last year saw Afghanistan and Ireland awarded full-member status by the ICC, making them cricket’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.
Manohar’s tenure has also seen the appointment of Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo, as the ICC’s first independent female director.
“Over the next two years, we can look forward to launching a global strategy for the sport in partnership with our members so we can grow the game and ensure more of the world can enjoy cricket,” Manohar said. “The sport is in good health but we are the guardians of the game and we must continue to work hard to maintain that.”