Mumbai: Shashank Manohar is the unanimous choice of the Sharad Pawar-Anurag Thakur alliance for taking over as the next BCCI President after the saddening death of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, said former board treasurer and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) president Ajay Shirke.
“Manohar is our unanimous choice,” Shirke said.
On being asked about former BCCI President’s nod for taking over the job, Shirke said, “Yes. I wouldn’t be telling you this otherwise. I’ve no doubt that he has (agreed). The formal announcement regarding this will be made soon.”
Shirke quashed speculations of Pawar joining hands with N Srinivasan after the estranged BCCI President came down to Nagpur to meet the NCP Chief, who is also the head of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA).
“I don’t know why the media went to town saying that there was a ‘deal’ between them. Can you please show me the ‘deal’? Thousands of people go to meet Pawar everyday. Did Pawar say anywhere that he wanted to become the president again? I give full credit to him here. He will never do something which is against the interests of the board.
“Pawar, and all of us, are fully behind Manohar. In times like these, the board needs a strong president like him,” Shirke stressed.
The veteran administrator also praised Thakur, saying, “He has done a wonderful job in the last six months.”
Shashank Manohar, who comes from a family of lawyers – his father V R Manohar was Maharashtra’s former advocate general – is going to begin his second term as the BCCI president after leaving the responsibility in 2011, following the ICC World Cup.
Manohar, who has administered Cricket at the grassroots level as Vidarbha Cricket Association president for close to a decade, he was first elected BCCI’s president unopposed in 2008. The veteran man has also won a tag of ‘Mr Clean’ while fulfilling his job has a Cricket administrator and he has also kept himself away from publicity.
The lawyer from Nagpur was at the forefront of BCCI’s internal battle to remove former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.