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Dilawar Mani quits as Emirates Cricket Board chief

Umar Farooq

June 25, 2012

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Pakistan celebrate Dinesh Chandimal's wicket, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah, November 20, 2011
Pakistan hosted several teams in the UAE during Dilawar Mani's tenure © AFP
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Dilawar Mani, the chief executive of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has completed his three-year tenure and has said he will not pursue a new term in office. Mani, however, will continue in the role until the board of directors finds a successor.

"Constitutionally, the term for the CEO is three years and that was up, so I have asked not to be nominated again," Mani told ESPNcricinfo. "Three years is enough, and there is a need to set a precedent to leave once [you have] served your term and let somebody else work.

"The board is well aware about my decision and the ECB chairman [Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan] has respected my decision. I am sure I am leaving the ECB in the best shape and have given the team the best momentum. The process is open to find my successor and once it is done I will move out after handing over the charge."

Mani helped make the UAE an off-shore home venue for Pakistan, who have not hosted international cricket since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in March 2009. The UAE could host the upcoming series between Pakistan and Australia and Mani said his leaving office would not affect the process.

"I had a meeting with the PCB official and everything will move on as it is with no impact on the on-going negotiation," Mani said. "I am happy at what I have done so far, being in the set up for the last six years, [but] now I want to move on."

The ICC approved a six-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Australia in UAE, which will be the longest bilateral T20 series, if it goes ahead. "ODI games aren't feasible in [the] heat [so] it's good that [the] ICC has approved the request of six T20Is by PCB," Mani said.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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