ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney leaves ‘with immediate effect’

ICC Chief Executive leaves the organisation with immediate effect
ICC Chief Executive leaves the organisation with immediate effect.

The International Cricket Council has confirmed the departure of Chief Executive Manu Sawhney with immediate effect.

“Chief Executive Manu Sawhney will leave the organisation with immediate effect. Geoff Allardice will continue as Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team working closely with the ICC Board,” the world cricket governing body states in a single paragraph statement.

The marching orders reportedly came following the findings of an internal investigation over Sawhney’s “abrasive conduct”.

Sawhney, who had replaced Dave Richardson after the 2019 ICC World Cup, was asked to go on leave by the ICC in March following the internal audit conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The trouble was brewing for Sawhney  ever since more than 90% of the ICC staff has testified against him.

It is reported that the mental health of several ICC employees had taken a hit due to the “abrasive behaviour” and the Board was in a bit of a fix as these are critical issues to address.

Sawhney had also come on the ICC radar for backing interim chairman Imran Khawaja during the elections for the office of the chairman.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia, The Big 3 of world cricket, were also not happy with Sawhney ever since he had asked the boards to bid and pay for hosting the ICC global events.