BCCI names Sharad Pawar's successor

Updated: 29 September 2007 08:53 IST

Shashank Manohar, a low profile but high ranking BCCI official, has been designated the new president elect of the board.

BCCI names Sharad Pawar's successor

Mumbai:

It's a far cry from the days when BCCI elections were acrimonious and full of drama.

Shashank Manohar, a low profile but high ranking BCCI official, has been designated the new president elect of the board.

He will take over as President when Sharad Pawar surrenders the job in 2008 to take over as ICC President.

A senior lawyer and the brain behind many of BCCI's prominent legal battles, Manohar's appointment was announced on Thursday.

"It was on the lines of the ICC, where a president-elect gets to understand the ropes of the job before getting elected. Shashank has filed his nomination and he was the best man for the job," said Lalit Modi, BCCI Vice President.

BCCI chief Sharad Pawar is going to assume charge as President elect of ICC. So he will vacate his current office as BCCI chief in June 2008.

That is when BCCI will appoint an ad-hoc president who will serve alongside Manohar, till he completes one year as president-elect.

But BCCI insiders say Manohar wasn't Pawar's first choice, rather it was Lalit Modi - another vice-president in the board.

But the mantle fell on Manohar because he was finally found to be more experienced.

"I've been around for only a year. Manohar is much more seasoned," said Modi.

BCCI has had a history of acrimonious elections. But after a long time, as Shashank Manohar gets elected unopposed, it seems a signal of return to more peaceful times.

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