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ICC needs an independent chairman, says former chief Ehsan Mani

While the Indian cricket board's suspended president N Srinivasan's proposed chairmanship is set to be challenged in the Supreme Court in India on Tuesday, former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani wants an independent chairman for world cricket's governing body.

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani 

Speaking from London, Ehsan Mani said: "What the ICC desperately needs is an independent chairman who is not connected to any Board, someone of the stature of John Howard or John Major (former Prime Ministers of Australia and United Kingdom respectively) to act in the best interest of the game and all the members. But as you are well aware, that is unlikely to happen."

Cricket fan Howard was known as a cricket tragic and Major is a former president of Surrey County Cricket Club.  It may be recalled that during Mani's tenure as ICC president (2003-2006), former Sri Lanka Cricket board president Thilanga Sumathipala, who was under a cloud through criminal charges, was advised to be away from Board meetings.

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