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Manu Sawhney relieved as ICC CEO

Manu Sawhney was the chief executive officer of the International Cricket Council. He was suspended following allegations of bullying. The ICC held an emergency meeting on Thursday to decide his fate, while Geoff Allardice is the acting CEO.

Manu Sawhney relived as ICC CEO-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Jul 8, 2021, 8:21 PM IST
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The International Cricket Council has decided to relieve Manu Sawhney from the duties of the chief executive officer with immediate effect. The ICC came up with the decision on Thursday after holding an emergency meeting.

The meeting was headed by ICC Chairman Greg Barclay, who reviewed Sawhney's PricewaterhouseCoopers report. He was suspended after it was alleged that he produced a toxic work culture in the council, which included bullying.

"The International Cricket Council today announced that Chief Executive Manu Sawhney will leave the organisation with immediate effect. Geoff Allardice will continue as Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team working closely with the ICC Board," the ICC said in a short statement.

Sawhney had been alleged of "abrasive behaviour and conduct" back in March. As a result, he had been sent on leave, as an enquiry was pending against him. Meanwhile, he has alleged that the probe against him is a "premeditated witch-hunt".

According to a PTI report, Sawhney was not on best terms with some substantial cricket boards regarding policy decisions. It was also alleged that his "authoritarian style of functioning" was nowhere near former CEO Dave Richardson, while some of the employees were not happy with it.

Also, his tendency to back interim chairman Imran Khawaja had upset a few cricketing boards. Additionally, another significant reason reportedly happens to be his demanding board of bid and pay hosting fees for ICC events in the upcoming cycle.

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