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ICC Elections: Potential candidates for the vacant chairman post

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With Shashank Manohar stepping down as ICC’s first independent chairman, a contentious stint that lasted almost 5 years came to an end. The cricket administrator ensured N. Srinivasan ceased to be India’s representative at the ICC and then replaced him at the top level of world cricket in Nov 2015.

 Manohar’s deputy Imran Khwaja has been elevated as the interim chairman until the process for the next election is finalized. The ICC was expected to announce the new election procedure by mid-July but with the discussion over the postponed T20 World Cup getting more attention, the governing body might declare the same in the upcoming week or two.

The highest position of world cricket’s governing body has attracted a few big names as its next potential leaders. The most popular name in the list is former India captain and BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly. With his first term as President officially ended on 27 July, he is expected to announce his plans soon.

He hasn’t officially thrown his hat in the ring for the ICC chairman’s post but is backed by some international boards and powerful position holders. Cricket Sri Lanka has already declared that they will support any candidate that BCCI nominates for the chairman’s role while Cricket South Africa director of cricket, Graeme Smith also came forward to express his desire for Ganguly taking the role in this tough period for cricket.

MCC president Kumar Sangakkara also backed Ganguly to become the next ICC chairman saying that he has an ‘astute cricket brain.’ Another name for contention is former Cricket West Indies head Dave Cameron who has decided to contest the elections as an individual candidate due to no support from the Caribbean board.

The interim ICC chairman Imran Khawaja can be a potential candidate too as he has been the former president of the Singapore Cricket Association. But in the presence of the Big 3, a candidate of an associate nation taking over the chairman’s role looks very difficult.

As the wait for an official announcement of the new election process continues, the speculations of who will take charge also increase. The new Chairman will face many challenges with the ongoing pandemic and will be expected to revive cricket financially during such a tough time.

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