Shashank Manohar becomes first elected independent Chairman of ICC
Soon after his signing off as the president of BCCI, Mr Manohar gets elected as the independent Chairman of ICC Reuters

Shashank Manohar, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was elected as the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 12 May. He will begin his two-year term with immediate effect.

"It is an honour to be elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities," Manohar said as quoted on ICC's official website.

He also thanked his former BCCI colleagues for their support during his tenure as president of the Indian board from 2008-2011 and from October 2015 to May 2016.

"These are exciting times for international cricket as we are presently carrying out a comprehensive review of the 2014 constitutional amendments which is aimed at not only improving governance structures, but cricket structures as well," Manohar said, adding: "The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition."

Elections for the ICC boss's post were scheduled on be held 23 May, where each director of member nations would be allowed to nominate a candidate. From the nominated members, the one with more support would have been eligible to contest the elections.

However, Manohar was nominated as the sole claimant for the post and the ICC unanimously supported his appointment. Adnan Zaidi, the Independent Audit Committee chairman and auditor of the process confirmed the procedure complete and announced Manohar as the new chairman of the sport's governing body.