IN PICS: A timeline of Manohar's reign as ICC chairman

Sport360 staff 15/03/2017

On Wednesday, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar resigned from his post due to personal reasons, ending his eight-month term in office.

And while Manohar's reign was short-lived, he made waves in the job.

Acting as the first independent ICC chairman, Manohar set about diminishing the power of cricket's 'Big Three' during his time at the helm of cricket's governing body.

He also wasn't on the best of terms with Anurag Thakur when Thakur was BCCI president.

Here, we look at Manohar's time as ICC chairman which was a brief yet potentially highly significant eight months in the chair.

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Shashank Manohar [Getty Images].

Shashank Manohar has resigned as ICC Chairman due to personal reasons, effective immediately just eight months after he took office.

Manohar was elected unopposed to the post in May 2016, the start of a two-year term that has ended prematurely. He previously served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] on two separate occasions.

During his stint as ICC Chairman, Manohar set out to diminish the power of The Big Three – BCCI, Cricket Australia, and England Cricket Board.

According to India Today, Manohar sent his resignation letter to ICC CEO David Richardson, citing personal reasons behind his decision to quit the post.

“I have tried to do my best and have tried to be fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board and in matters related to Member Boards along with the able support of all Directors,” wrote Manohar, according to the India Today report.

“However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence I am tendering my resignation as Chairman with immediate effect.

“I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly.I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights in future.”

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Dhoni focused on ICC Champions Trophy

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Dhoni with the Champions Trophy in 2013 [Getty Images]

Former India captain MS Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshav Banerjee feels that the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy will play a crucial role in deciding the cricketer’s future at the international level.

India won the previous edition of the Champions Trophy under the captaincy of Dhoni four years ago.

The Jharkhand wicket-keeper quit limited overs captaincy earlier this year, with Virat Kohli taking over as the Indian skipper.

“At the moment, his sole focus is on the Champions Trophy. If he’s successful there, he would go on till the World Cup 2019,” said Banerjee.

Banerjee further added that although Dhoni doesn’t score at the same pace as he once used to, the 35-year-old is still a special player.

“It’s natural that with age, you would not hit the same strike-rate. But his willpower and game-analysing sense are the two qualities that make him special,” he said.

“He’s out there playing domestic one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy) to keep himself in shape ahead of the Champions Trophy.”

The Champions Trophy tournament takes place in England in June.

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