Dubai: The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar has stepped down after two, two-year tenures at its helm, the world governing body announced on Wednesday (July 1).

The ICC Board met on Wednesday and agreed that deputy chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the chairperson until a successor is elected.

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The process for the chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has done for the sport as ICC Chairman. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

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Khwaja said, “Everyone on the ICC Board extends their wholehearted thanks to Shashank for the commitment he has shown to our sport. There is no doubt that cricket owes Shashank a debt of gratitude for all he has done for the sport. He has left cricket and the ICC in a better place than he found it.”