September 29, 1957, India
An introvert bordering on the recluse, Shashank Manohar is a prominent Nagpur lawyer who became the BCCI president first in 2008 and then for a second time in 2015, following the death of the incumbent Jagmohan Dalmiya. He has been a staunch Sharad Pawar loyalist, the man he succeeded in 2008.
Manohar's relationship with Pawar goes back to the time when Pawar was Maharashtra's chief minister and his father, VR Manohar, the advocate general of the state. Manohar's first tryst with cricket politics came when he took charge of the Vidarbha Cricket Association in 1996. He first became part of the news when India were given a greentop for the Nagpur Test of 2003-04 against Australia, at a time when Dalmiya, then Pawar's rival, was in power. He was part of Pawar's think-tank when the latter became BCCI's president in 2006 and it served him when he took over.
His first term had several highs, including India's World Cup win, the launch of the IPL and the BCCI's growth into a multi-billion-dollar organisation. However, his term was also marred by controversies, largely related to the IPL and its chairman Lalit Modi, who was suspended from his post in 2010 and subsequently banned from Indian cricket.
He kept a low profile after demitting office in 2011 and maintained his spotless reputation, a factor that brought him back to the post in unforeseen circumstances in 2015 after the controversy-embroiled N Srinivasan was sidelined and his successor Jagmohan Dalmiya died. That second stint did not last long though, as, after bringing in several reforms in the BCCI, he quit the president's post in May 2016 even as the board was being bombarded by the Supreme Court of India to reform further.
Just two days after he resigned as BCCI president, Manohar was elected the ICC's first independent chairman, despite having maintained he did not quit the BCCI post to contest the ICC election - as per new regulations, candidates for the independent chairman's job could not have any links with any national board.
Despite such high-profile jobs, he has managed to stay a simple man: he doesn't carry a cell phone and stays off social media, and he didn't have a passport until 2007.
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