NEW DELHI: Shashank Manohar on Tuesday quit as BCCI president after the executive board of the global body passed a rule that ICC's chairman should be of independent nature and can't act in dual role keeping his position as his country's cricketing chief.

TOI had earlier reported that Manohar had decided to quit his BCCI post in the wake of the Lodha panel suggestions, but a lot of members within the BCCI were unhappy with this move. They believed that Manohar was picked ahead of other candidates last year because of his ability to clean the game. Manohar had done a good job of it, and leaving the post prematurely wasn't the right thing to do.

Manohar had spoken to the other prominent BCCI members about his plan to vacate the BCCI post at least two months ago.

Unconfirmed reports say that Sharad Pawar is likely to replace Manohar, while Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke and Rajeev Shukla are also in the race.

Courtesy TOI