The ICC board convinced its chairman Gregor Barclay on Sunday to complete his term until the end of October before the global body begins its nomination process to find a new chairman where the Indian cricket board could play a major role.
In another significant development, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja’s proposal for a four-nation tournament was unanimously rejected by the board, ending speculation of multiple India v Pakistan matches on neural sites.
The other notable development was the induction of BCCI Secretary Jay Shah into the ICC Cricket Committee.
The two-day board meeting which ended in Dubai on Sunday was a win-win for the Indian Cricket Board as Barclay’s pursuit until October gives it ample time to consider whether it will present a candidate for the highest office in the month of November.
“There has been no discussion of Barclay’s renomination. But he will complete his current two-year term as chairman until the end of October. So the process of appointing a new chairman is only beginning. in November,” an ICC board member told PTI with conditions. of anonymity.
Originally, it was possible for the renomination or appointment to occur in the month of June, but this changed after deliberations among the Member Boards.
The decision also helps BCCI buy time as it is likely to hold its annual general meeting in September, after which the composition of the parent national body will be clear.
The BCCI has already appealed, seeking to make some changes to the Lodha Constitution, which many believe so far to be virtually unenforceable.
It will be interesting to see if President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah opt for a cool down in September.
Shah’s name is making the rounds as the next chairman of the ICC, but there has been no confirmation from the BCCI secretary himself or sources close to him as to his apparent interest in throwing his hat in. the ring.
Ramiz’s proposal rejected by the board
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja’s ambitious proposal to hold a four-nation tournament comprising India, Australia and England under the umbrella of the ICC has been unanimously rejected by all -powerful board of directors, while there was a projected revenue of $750 million over five years.
“In any case, the ICC Financial and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Committee was against this proposal. As we know that the MPA (Members Participation Agreement) does not allow any member country to host more than three nations, organizing four nations each year would have devalued ICC’s flagship events anyway,” said a board member.
Another sensitive issue that board members are mumbling about is whether Raja will remain as PCB chairman long after Imran Khan has been removed as prime minister.
The Chairman of the PCB is a political appointee, as the Prime Ministers of Pakistan are always the chief patron of the council. Therefore, Raja, an Imran Khan appointee, may be forced to resign in the current political climate.
BCCI has always been clear in its position that it will not play four-nation with its choc-a-bloc schedule and numerous bilateral commitments that must be honoured. On top of that, there’s the player’s workload and sanity.
It was reported that the ECB’s Tom Harrison was also independently interested in exploring ideas for a four-nation tournament, but it’s now apparent that nothing of the sort happened at the board meeting. administration.
Jay Shah in ICC Cricket Committee
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah is one of the new inductees to the ICC Cricket Committee, with former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene being reappointed as a former player.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead, ICC elite panel referee Joel Wilson and MCC representative Jamie Cox are also on the panel.
Neutral referees will return to testing
The ICC cricket committee acknowledged that the performance of the local umpires was solid and did not affect the matches. The use of home referees had also resulted in 12 members of the international panel referees making their Test match debuts.
In line with a previous recommendation from the Men’s Cricket Committee, the CEC agreed that more neutral match officials should be used as travel restrictions are lifted while building on the success of using home umpires.
Starting next season, a pitch-neutral referee will return to Test matches along with the home team’s elite panel referee for the company. For white ball matches, local referees from ICC’s Elite and Emirates panel will continue to do the job.
Afghanistan will be represented at the ICC by Mirwais Ashraf
The ICC Board has received an update from the Afghanistan Task Force which has recommended Mirwais Ashraf as the Designated CDA Representative on the Board.
The ACB has confirmed its continued commitment to developing women’s cricket and will submit a comprehensive action plan and budget to do so to the task force who will continue to monitor the situation and receive regular updates on its progress.
SA to host the U-19 T20 Women’s World Championship
South Africa will host the inaugural U-19 T20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa which will take place in January with 16 countries participating.
The qualification path for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been confirmed with 12 teams automatically qualifying for the event.
The top eight teams from the 2022 event will be joined by the two host members, West Indies and USA, along with the next highest ranked teams in the MRF ICC Men’s T20 Rankings as of November 14, 2022.
If the West Indies finish in the top eight in Australia later this year, three teams will advance based on the standings and if they are not in the top eight, two teams will advance from the league table.
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