Shashank Manohar has resigned as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), paving the way for him to be named independent ICC chairman.
Manohar - who is also the current ICC chairman - has stepped down with immediate effect to enable him to run for re-election with cricket's governing body in an independent capacity.
In February, the ICC had announced any candidate wishing to hold the top position would no longer be able to have a similar role with their home board.
Manohar had only been in charge of the BCCI for seven months since replacing Jagmohan Dalmiya in October for a second term in office, however the lure of the ICC appears to have been too strong for the 58-year-old.
In a letter addressed to BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, Manohar said: "I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect from the post of President of Board of Control for Cricket in India.
"I also resign with immediate effect as the representative of BCCI on the International Cricket Council, [and] also the Asian Cricket Council on which I was nominated by the General Body of BCCI.
"I thank all my colleagues and the staff for their support and cooperation during my tenure. I wish all of you all the very best in taking the cause of cricket to greater heights."