ICC Board Meeting Set for Cape Town on Thursday and Friday, 1 and 2 March
The meeting will be held at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel, Convention Square on Lower Long Street and the following are among the items that will be covered over the two days:
The process to select the next ICC President
The Board will receive a report from the Nominations Committee following the latter’s meeting with the two prospective candidates to become the next ICC President in succession to the incumbent Percy Sonn. Those candidates are the Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board David Morgan and Sharad Pawar, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The Board will consider its options in the light of this report.
The role of the ICC match referee
The Board will discuss the recommendation of the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) which, at its January meeting, suggested an amendment to the ICC Playing Condition that relates to Law 21.3 (“Umpires awarding a match”).
CEC had been asked to look into the role and title of the ICC match referee following discussions at last November’s ICC Board meeting in Mumbai, where the events of the Test match at The Oval last August were discussed. On that occasion the two umpires awarded the match to England when Pakistan was deemed to have refused to play.
The Board will consider the CEC recommendation that it should be the ICC match referee that is responsible for making decisions on the termination of a match.
Appointments to a revised ICC Cricket Committee
The Executive Board will discuss appointments to the ICC Cricket Committee having previously approved a recommendation of CEC concerning its taking on a revised structure.
That new structure would see the Cricket Committee no longer made up simply of nominations from each of the Full Members (Boards and players) and leading Associates.
Instead it would include two past players; two nominees of Full Member team captains representing current players; one current Full Member coach; and one representative each from Member Boards, umpires, match referees, the Marylebone Cricket Club, statisticians, the media and Associate Members.
The Board will receive a report on the latest developments concerning the ICC’s ongoing negotiations with potential commercial partners for the eight year period from mid-2007 to 2015.
The ICC has already concluded a broadcasting agreement for the same period with ESPN STAR Sports. The first ICC event covered by any new agreements will be the ICC Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa in September.
The ICC Board, which meets three times a year, is made up of the following Directors:
Percy Sonn (Chairman) – ICC President
Malcolm Speed – ICC Chief Executive Officer
Creagh O’Connor – Australia
Mahbubul Anam – Bangladesh
David Morgan – England
Sharad Pawar – India
Sir John Anderson KBE – New Zealand
Dr Naseem Ashraf – Pakistan
Jayantha Dharmadasa – Sri Lanka
Ray Mali – South Africa
Ken Gordon – West Indies
Peter Chingoka – Zimbabwe
Samir Inamdar – Kenya
Stanley Perlman – Israel
HRH Tunku Imran – Malaysia
PLEASE NOTE, There will be no formal media opportunities on Thursday 1 March but ICC President Percy Sonn and Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed are likely to hold a media conference at the conclusion of the meeting, on Friday 2 March.
Details of that media conference – its timing and location – as well as the availability of access for set-up shots (vision only, TV and photos) will be announced in due course.