The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed that its CEO, Manu Sawhney will leave the organization with immediate effect. “The International Cricket Council today announced that Chief Executive Manu Sawhney will leave the organization with immediate effect”, said ICC in an Official statement.
Geoff Allardice will continue as acting CEO supported by the leadership team working with the ICC Board. Earlier Swahney’s actions had come under the scanner & he was sent on “leave”. Speaking to ANI, an Official who is aware of the developments in the ICC said that Swahney’s conduct came under scanner as audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers was conducting an investigation & the best way was to keep him away from the investigation.
“Yes, he has been asked to go on leave as there have been allegations that his behavior hasn’t been that great over the last 12 months & is in conflict with the way the International Cricket Council likes to function. ICC staff has testified his inappropriate conduct & thus he has been asked to go on leave”, the Official said.
Sawhney had a difference of opinion with some board members in the past especially when it came to the election process last year. The ICC’s keenness to introduce a new bidding process for world events seemed like it made things more difficult. ICC also faced a problem as it was looking to have at least one flagship event every year in the next cycle from 2023-2031. In fact, the new chairman Greg Barclay had to explain that the ICC would look at an inclusive approach & will take every board member into confidence while trying to create a balance between the ICC events & Bilateral ties.
“I see bilateral cricket & world events as being very complimentary & need each other. Bilateral cricket is the lifeline of cricket. Each country has to have the ability & the obligation to play bilateral cricket. Countries will get better & continue to be competitive if they get an opportunity to play against other countries, lesser countries to play against better countries. Better countries have the obligation to help those who perhaps don’t have the experience or exposure”, said Greg Barclay.