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Shashank Manohar is BCCI chief, vows to make cricket gentleman’s game

Shashank Manohar was on Sunday unanimously elected as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to replace Jagmohan Dalmiya, who died two weeks back in Kolkata.

Shashank Manohar

Manohar, who is being elected as BCCI president for the second time, vowed to regain the Board’s lost reputation. Manohar, who hardly spoke to the media in his earlier tenure as president from 2008 to 2011, spoke for more than half-an-hour on Sunday.

“I have to continue the good work, which was being done by Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya… unfortunately, he could not carry them out and I propose to take things forward,” he said. The Nagpur lawyer spelt out his reform plans one by one. Up first was conflict of interest. When N Srinivasan was the chief of BCCI, he simultaneously owned an IPL team.

Manohar said that the Board would frame regulations on conflict of interest of administrators, players and the staff. He also set a deadline of one month for doing it.

An ethics officer to look into complaints of conflict of interest will be appointed, he said. To avoid a repeat of a IPL 2013-like spot-fixing, the Board will lay down norms and educate players, he said.

The Board will also keep a tab on how state association utilise their annual grant of Rs 25-35 crore by appointing an independent auditor. The Board’s constitution, balance sheet and expenditure of over Rs 25 lakh will be uploaded on the official website to keep things transparent. He vowed to make all old records and documents available at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai.

There was some good news for the women cricketers: they would now be under the Board’s central contract like their male counterparts. To avoid looking like as an autocratic leader, Manohar said he would not exercise the chairman’s vote at annual general meetings.