MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided not to give Manu Sawhney, its chief executive who has been sent on leave following a cultural investigation, the marching orders yet.
The game’s governing body wants to give Sawhney another opportunity to make himself available for a cross-examination in front of the ICC’s disciplinary committee after UK-based agency PriceWaterHouseCoopers submitted a full report of its investigation some days ago.
Sawhney was first asked to be present for the disciplinary committee meeting last week, which the Singapore-based national – who currently resides in Dubai where the ICC headquarters are located – chose to give a miss.
The ICC will once again ‘request’ Sawhney to appear in front of the committee before taking the final call. Until then, the 51-year-old sports management executive – who is also an independent director at Manchester United – will continue to be on leave.
TOI had first reported on ICC contracting the services of PWC-UK to conduct a detailed investigation into Sawhney’s conduct as CEO where 90% of the federation’s staff spoke against Sawhney’s overall conduct and professional approach.
The chief executive, who came on board in January 2019, under the chairmanship of Nagpur-based lawyer Shashank Manohar, was asked to join early back then, in the wake of former CEO David Richardson exiting the position.
“Technically, there’s a full year left for Sawhney’s contract to end. The ICC’s board members are not in favour of paying Sawhney any severance given the adverse findings in the PWC report. They want to give Sawhney another opportunity to present his case,” sources in the know said.
Sawhney is learnt to have conveyed to the ICC that the governing body cannot make the status of his employment public without allowing him to present his “side of the story”.
In Sawhney’s absence, Geoff Allardice – General Manager of Cricket at the ICC – has been handling the day-to-day affairs but hasn’t been given the position of an interim CEO yet. If Sawhney exits, the ICC will look to bring in a new CEO on board based on further consultations.