Leaving aside the domestic angle of Shashank Manohar’s resignation as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, his appointment as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) first independent chairman could be a game changer.
The takeover of global cricket by the Big Three—India, Australia and England—two years ago, led by N. Srinivasan, was disgraceful. No cricket board can or should function entirely out of altruism, but such a naked power grab undercut the sport ICC was supposed to steward. Manohar has done well by moving to roll it back.
But he will have to do much more. India’s leadership has made the sport richer than it has ever been, but it also faces multiple crises—from nearly every nation other than the Big Three struggling to Test cricket’s fight for relevance. If Manohar continues in the vein he has begun, he could leave behind a formidable legacy.