DUBAI (Staff Report) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed India’s Shashank Manohar as its first independent chairman.

The 58-year-old was the sole nominee for the position and was elected unopposed. He will has begin his two-year term with the sport’s governing body immediately after the council approved the constitutional amendments proposed by the board in its April meeting, a press release on the ICC website said on Thursday.

Manohar had resigned as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday.

He said: “The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans.”

A lawyer by profession, Manohar served as BCCI president from 2008-2011 and was re-elected in October 2015, after the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

“I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition,” the former BCCI president said after his election as ICC president.