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ICC chief Srinivasan toppled as BCCI pulls support

MUMBAI: Narayanaswami Srinivasan was removed as International Cricket Council chairman on Monday after his home board announced it was withdrawing its support, following scandals embroiling the sport in India.

Srinivasan will be replaced as head of the sport’s world governing body by Shashank Manohar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), an official said.

“The BCCI representative to the ICC will be Shashank Manohar,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told reporters after the board’s annual general meeting in Mumbai.

“And by virtue of being the board’s representative to the ICC he will take over as the ICC chief.”

Srinivasan became head of the ICC in June last year for two years after being nominated by the BCCI as India’s representative.

Srinivasan, 70, stood down as BCCI chief after the Supreme Court last year found him guilty of conflict of interest issues regarding his ownership of the Chennai Super Kings team in the glitzy Indian Premier League.

Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyapppan was also found guilty of illegal betting while serving as team principal at the Chennai Super Kings and banned from all cricket-related activities.

A Supreme Court panel also suspended Chennai Super Kings and another IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, from the Twenty20 league for two years due to misconduct by its officials.

ICC rules say that an administrator who is removed by his home board cannot serve in the world governing body, which effectively ends Srinivasan’s tenure immmediately.

Manohar, asked if he was satisfied at the development, said: “There is no question of satisfaction because I never aspired to this.”

The top post will be handed over to England in 2016 for two years, followed by a representative from Australia.

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