ICC news February 1, 2012

ICC moves to reduce role of president

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The ICC's executive board has recommended re-defining the role of its president, reducing its powers and creating a new position of 'chairman,' after a two-day meeting in Dubai.

The ICC board, made up of the heads of Full Member boards, passed a unanimous resolution that the presidency become an "ambassadorial" role on a rotational basis from 2014. The board also recommended that under its new amendments, the chairman, and not the president, lead the board. These proposed changes mean the ICC would have to "consider the position and role, if any, of the ICC vice-president between 2012 and 2014."

In a media release after the meeting, the board said its recommendation regarding the presidency was "consistent with recommendations in the Woolf Report." The amendments to the ICC's Articles of Association required to effect these changes will be discussed by the executive board at its next meeting in April, before being submitted for approval at the annual conference in June.

Sharad Pawar is presently the ICC president and his tenure will end in June 2012. He will be succeeded by Alan Isaac, the ICC vice-president, nominated by New Zealand and Australia. The board was expected to discuss the nomination of Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, to succeed Isaac as vice-president. According to the ICC's constitution, this would have led to Kamal becoming president in 2014. The recommendations, if approved, could strike out the role of president-elect (vice-president) and affect Kamal's ambitions to head the ICC.

Kamal, however, said he was not disappointed that his nomination was now uncertain. "Why should I be disappointed," Kamal told AFP. "The board had been thinking along the lines of these recommendations for some time now and we have found the best possible solution in the meeting of the board, of which I am a part. I can still be the president in the post-2014 period."

When Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief-executive, was asked whether splitting the role might be aimed at placating the stronger Member boards - allowing them to take over the chairmanship, with the weaker nations taking the ambassadorial role - he said: "The answer is a categoric 'no'. The presidential role is one that will be fulfilled on a rotational basis by every one of the Members and the best man will be elected to lead the board."

Lorgat was also asked whether the new ICC chairman would be one of the current board members - that is the chairman or president of each Full Member board plus three Associate Member representatives. He said: "There is every chance that will be the case and there is every chance that it could be someone from outside. There will be a nominations committee that will determine a process to elect the best man for the job."

Though the issue of international teams visiting Pakistan was not discussed at the board meeting, Lorgat said a "proper assessment" of the security situation was needed before a decision is made. The PCB and the BCB are presently in talks over a proposed tour of Pakistan.

"Safety and security is a serious issue," Lorgat said in reply to a question whether the ICC would send officials to Pakistan. "There are grave responsibilities on any of us who send teams or match officials and we need to do a proper assessment before we come to any conclusion about touring Pakistan. As you all know they are presently engaged with a potential tour from Bangladesh, and I think we need to see what unfolds before we get into that sort of discussion."

The board received a 60-page report on governance from Lord Woolf at the meeting. Woolf, a former chief justice of England and Wales, was appointed chairman of the ICC's Independent Governance Review Committee and submitted a report containing 65 recommendations and a transitional plan. It is understood that, among other issues, Woolf has made suggestions about the election process of the ICC's president and that he has recommended independent board members. The entire document will be published on Thursday, with the ICC board due to review the report and discuss it in detail at its next meeting.

The board also approved a proposal to substantially increase incentives, in the form of prize money, to promote Test cricket in the period before the ICC Test Championship, scheduled for 2017. Previously, the top team in the ICC Test rankings received a cheque for $175,000; from 2013 they will receive a minimum of $450,000, rising to $500,000 in 2015. From 2016 there will be further increases in Test prize money.

A $12m Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) was also approved. TAPP is aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full Members and Associate/Affiliate nations. This assistance could be in the form of grants or loans, or by providing expertise in terms of finance or scheduling.

Other issues covered included a reiteration of the ICC's principle of non-interference in the sport by governments and a condemnation "in the strongest possible terms" of the developments in Guyana, where the government has dissolved the Guyana Cricket Board.

The ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, also presented an independent report by Bertrand de Speville, formerly solicitor general of Hong Kong, commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong and advisor to the Council of Europe Multidisciplinary Group on Corruption.

The report contained a total of 27 recommendations. In receiving the recommendations, the board concurred with the preliminary views of Flanagan that seven of the recommendations were either unworkable or unsuitable for cricket. Of the remaining 20, thirteen recommendations were accepted while seven were consistent with current ACSU policy or practice.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Third_Gear on February 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff : In this case ENG,NZ,SA also should not be allowed in any major post in the ICC as well as in World Cup Tournaments , these teams are playing ODI World Cup since last three decades but could not win a single title of championships. So they are unfit to play in the ODI World cup as well as governing the ICC at ODI level.

  • Charindra on February 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Oh boy... This has BCCI written all over it! Of course, they couldn't possibly allow Bangladesh, Pakistan's younger brother be at the head of the ICC! Preposterous! Sickening!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 2, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Congrats to BCCI for this! great work. Otherwise ICC will be bankrupt after those new Presidents!

  • mikecrik on February 2, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    @OptimusPrimal - well said, exactly what is happening, also to keep power in few hands and keep out the associates.

  • on February 2, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    If BCCI or an Indian is in Power these following things will happen for sure. *There will be always room for IPL and CL so that they can float in millions *More countries have to visit India cos... You know wat happened recently *Test Match status will be down if India keeps on losing and no wonder if they ban the test match for their favor.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    The only thing I would like to see is a non Indian, non Aussie, and non English president. Lets make it like the U.N. shall we ? let's elect somebody from Holland or Ireland or Zimbabwe and see how things go. I am sure they will do a better job than some fat old slob from India, Australia or England. Cricket is being killed at a quicker pace than the goose that laid the golden eggs thanks to a handful of rich countries. It's time the game moved beyond the commonwealth countries. I want to see Afghanistan rise to the top along with Ireland and Holland. I would love to see youngsters in China take up the sport. The ICC is purely symbolic and ceremonial in nature. I can't see them take any hard stances with regards to protecting cricket or improving the quality and reach of the game to other continents.

  • on February 2, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Conspiracy Theory! hehe ..I knew it. Personally I believe that kamal isn''t the perfect choice for the presidency since there are better people in Bangladesh i.e ex BCB boss Saber Hossen Chowdhury. But ICC has done it deliberately for sure, they don't want us to lead the sport's governing body- it's simple.

  • Crikoot on February 2, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    ICC is losing it's focus - acting like an underdeveloped country's organization. ICC should not have introduced T20 -- who's idea was it? They should focus on Test Cricket rather. If they operate like this - there could be a counter ICC one day! Few steps that they have taken show how inconsistent they are. No doubt they are being pressured by BCCI. DRS is one example.

  • on February 2, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    i dont understand ICC yet very bad work and totally under influence of Indian board why to reduce powers when Bangladeshi or Pakistani turn is to govern the board in 2014 thats seems to be pathetic and totally an indian plan ! very bad ICC once again !

  • PointFielder on February 2, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Would Sharad Pawar be the Chairman after he finishes his tenure as ICC president in June 2012?

  • Third_Gear on February 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff : In this case ENG,NZ,SA also should not be allowed in any major post in the ICC as well as in World Cup Tournaments , these teams are playing ODI World Cup since last three decades but could not win a single title of championships. So they are unfit to play in the ODI World cup as well as governing the ICC at ODI level.

  • Charindra on February 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Oh boy... This has BCCI written all over it! Of course, they couldn't possibly allow Bangladesh, Pakistan's younger brother be at the head of the ICC! Preposterous! Sickening!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 2, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Congrats to BCCI for this! great work. Otherwise ICC will be bankrupt after those new Presidents!

  • mikecrik on February 2, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    @OptimusPrimal - well said, exactly what is happening, also to keep power in few hands and keep out the associates.

  • on February 2, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    If BCCI or an Indian is in Power these following things will happen for sure. *There will be always room for IPL and CL so that they can float in millions *More countries have to visit India cos... You know wat happened recently *Test Match status will be down if India keeps on losing and no wonder if they ban the test match for their favor.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    The only thing I would like to see is a non Indian, non Aussie, and non English president. Lets make it like the U.N. shall we ? let's elect somebody from Holland or Ireland or Zimbabwe and see how things go. I am sure they will do a better job than some fat old slob from India, Australia or England. Cricket is being killed at a quicker pace than the goose that laid the golden eggs thanks to a handful of rich countries. It's time the game moved beyond the commonwealth countries. I want to see Afghanistan rise to the top along with Ireland and Holland. I would love to see youngsters in China take up the sport. The ICC is purely symbolic and ceremonial in nature. I can't see them take any hard stances with regards to protecting cricket or improving the quality and reach of the game to other continents.

  • on February 2, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Conspiracy Theory! hehe ..I knew it. Personally I believe that kamal isn''t the perfect choice for the presidency since there are better people in Bangladesh i.e ex BCB boss Saber Hossen Chowdhury. But ICC has done it deliberately for sure, they don't want us to lead the sport's governing body- it's simple.

  • Crikoot on February 2, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    ICC is losing it's focus - acting like an underdeveloped country's organization. ICC should not have introduced T20 -- who's idea was it? They should focus on Test Cricket rather. If they operate like this - there could be a counter ICC one day! Few steps that they have taken show how inconsistent they are. No doubt they are being pressured by BCCI. DRS is one example.

  • on February 2, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    i dont understand ICC yet very bad work and totally under influence of Indian board why to reduce powers when Bangladeshi or Pakistani turn is to govern the board in 2014 thats seems to be pathetic and totally an indian plan ! very bad ICC once again !

  • PointFielder on February 2, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Would Sharad Pawar be the Chairman after he finishes his tenure as ICC president in June 2012?

  • satanswish on February 2, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Let ICC President be from Eng or Aus only. These subcontinental ICC President are not good enough or are biased towards worthless tournaments like IPL, Champions League etc.

  • Baundele on February 1, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff: contribution to cricket does not mean only winning matches against top 4 or 5 matches (ignoring white washing WI and NZ). Bangladesh has the 3rd largest fan-base and cricket is for its fans. Very simple! It is not only about Bangladesh, it is about expanding cricket in a global scale. For that reason, it is no sin if the ICC head is selected even from China. The main difference between cricket and soccer is the mindset of administrators.

  • on February 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Ok, let the next chairman be from associate countries .......... not from India/ Aus/ SA/ ENG.................

  • stari09 on February 1, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    @ Angus Bell took the words out of my mouth, just another massive gravey train. Similiar to the EU paliament where these big wigs have it all laid on and actually running what they are charged to run into the ground. Affiliates also get peanuts to develop the game in their respective countries while this is going on. 2 day meeting and thats what came out?? Unbelievable.

  • on February 1, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Bengalis should be in power of ICC

  • on February 1, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    ICC .. body for managing the affairs of cricket or managing politics ???

  • IndiaNumeroUno on February 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    looks like a lot of people just seem keen to blame BCCI for everything without any rhyme nor reason!! sour grapes? or just depressed?

  • on February 1, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @senthilshanmu . The moment a weaker nation team member becomes a president, he will make things fairer. BCCI needs power in order to keep alive IPL, declining offer to what they don't like such as playing against pakistan at a neutral venue, DRS . They feel to change FTP whenever they feel like it. Bringing more home games to earn more revenue while srilanka suffer a loss at the worldcup.

  • SLMaster on February 1, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    N. Sirinivasan from INDIA should be the ICC president .... :-))

  • AJ_Tiger86 on February 1, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    How can a Bangladeshi become the ICC president in the first place? What is Bangladesh's contribution to cricket? They haven't yet won a test match against a full-strength team in 12 years.

  • on February 1, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Guys...to solve the India problem what bout changing ICC to UNCC (United Nations Cricket Council).....if that can do any good....lolz

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Then Chairman will be from India only.

  • Baundele on February 1, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    I did not know that the top test team in the ICC ranking gets extra money. Now that explains India's becoming the #1 test team with an FTP that allowed avoiding away matches with strong teams.

  • senthilshanmu on February 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    i don't know why everyone is blaming BCCI... Infact in the words of Dravid BCCI has done a lot for cricket... And i don't know why everybody is running after the ICC chief post.. Well an outsider can also become ICC chairman while member boards can have a Prencidency role..

  • hhillbumper on February 1, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    BCCI has done such a fine job of running the game in India then we should just give them the keys to the whole game and watch it go to hell in a hand basket

  • on February 1, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @Himadri Sekhar Roy Do you want your INDIA to run the ICC for unlimited period?

  • Hayes.Adam on February 1, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    That makes no sense, Every representative nation should have equal chance for both Top roles, Why just the stronger member board be a chairman??? Discrimination.

  • on February 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Day by day ICC is becoming a more comic. Sharad Pawar will be out of power alongwith the power. Nobody else should be able to get the top chair except an Indian.BRAVO...........FUNNY....SHAMEFUL. Oneday ICC will be splitted due to these dirty games. Only an Indian is eligible for running ICC? What a pity? What a drama. Long live ICC (India Cricket Council).

  • on February 1, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    hahhahhaha, it is a good joke and i am sure when a new post will be created if somehow the new chairman is from Bangladesh or Pakistan..... Cricket will never be a global game and that is good for the world.... just a few countries and so many politics. eye washes... ICC certainly does not mean International Cricket Council any more............ i think if Howard would have been nominated there would have been another rule, it is total disrespect to the game, the followers ...... continue whatever u wish...... but it is sure no new country is going to enjoy cricket as it continues, it will continue to run as a business , spirit of the game, election all will be killed within a few yrs.........

  • AdnanKayani on February 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    AND THE CONDITION FOR BEING THE CHAIRMAN IS THAT HE CAN ONL BE FROM INDIA MOST PREFREABLYOTHERWISE FROM AUS ENG OR SA, NO ONE ELSE CAN BE CHAIRMAN

  • Sarfin on February 1, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Little bit disappointing news as I was waiting to see the role of a weaker cricketing nation at the top. It could bring something new to this council in favor of associates as we've seen Bangladesh board ensured the inclusion of at least one player in each team from asscociates in BPL.

  • gunnerr4life on February 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @CricIndia208 why not ? Then there will be no Test cricket and everyone will be just playing the IPL and the game of cricket will vanish for ever !

  • on February 1, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    How much money was spent flying in the executives, hosting them in five-star hotels and giving them hire cars for this? Probably more than it would cost to let another Associate into the World T20. More idiocy from one of the worst managed sports in the world. The cronyism is sickening.

  • Cricket1980 on February 1, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    What a drama. Long live ICC (India Cricket Council).

  • correctcall on February 1, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    @CricIndia208 - fully deserved following your leadership at playing the game! I think NOT !

  • on February 1, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    I dont know what icc want ????

    i think they should clrearly make BCCI the head of Cricket world .......... so these silly thing will be end....

  • Third_Gear on February 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Day by day ICC is becoming a more comic. Sharad Pawar will be out of power alongwith the power. Nobody else should be able to get the top chair except an Indian.BRAVO...........FUNNY....SHAMEFUL. Oneday ICC will be splitted due to these dirty games.

  • zain.ul.abideen on February 1, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    "money money money.......show me the money!" Sharad Pawar sings during a party to celebrate the generation of huge earnings from the India-Aussie test series and the India-England test series.

  • akhtar1974 on February 1, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Only an Indian is eligible for running ICC? What a pity?

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    The game truly only belongs to Aus and Eng. There should be a rotating presidency between the two founding countries and higher standards will be maintained. Simple.

  • FeddyFeddy on February 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    The true spirit of Hyppocracy !!! Great work ICC !!

  • Jawwad123 on February 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    BRAVO! Well said CricIndia208 and congrats for 4-0 whitewash and 1-0 surrender in the T20. Never stop boasting! ICC is underestimating and questioning our Bangladeshis' abilities!!!

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    That was expected, no surprise. I was thinking how come BCCI is quite on the Presidency issue for last few months, and here it comes. But above all this diplomacy their teams is always down when playing abroad. I am happy atlease BCCI cann't come and perform on the pitch instead of their team. But this is too much now...

  • OptimusPrimal on February 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    ICC management is fast becoming a joke and a tool in the hands of BCCI. I'm sure this new "chairman" position is hatched up to keep Powar and BCCI in control of world cricket for many years to come.

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    If you want to enjoy the power dont be an ambasador

  • mohamedamin on February 1, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    This is where Money talks.....

  • Sakthiivel on February 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Nothing going to change .. BCCI Rules....

  • myers74 on February 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    CrinIndia 208 - surely you jest!

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    what has Bangladesh done to be in the ICC board? It was Dalmiya's politics that got them Test status. Now they want to run ICC. Bravo !!!

  • Elahi_Ashfaque on February 1, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    wooww ICC is it means Indian Cricket Council? Its seems thats the perfect abbreviation of ICC

  • Lovetesh on February 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Now Sharad Pawar will promote himself to Chairman...LoL!!

  • on February 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    well of course, Indians and the kiwis get to enjoy full powers of the presidency and when the Bengali comes in, make him as pedestrian as possible. bravo. ICC is nothing but a farce and a puppet dancing to the tune of the high and mighty.

  • CricIndia208 on February 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Only an Indian should be the president/chairman of the ICC.

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  • CricIndia208 on February 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Only an Indian should be the president/chairman of the ICC.

  • on February 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    well of course, Indians and the kiwis get to enjoy full powers of the presidency and when the Bengali comes in, make him as pedestrian as possible. bravo. ICC is nothing but a farce and a puppet dancing to the tune of the high and mighty.

  • Lovetesh on February 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Now Sharad Pawar will promote himself to Chairman...LoL!!

  • Elahi_Ashfaque on February 1, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    wooww ICC is it means Indian Cricket Council? Its seems thats the perfect abbreviation of ICC

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    what has Bangladesh done to be in the ICC board? It was Dalmiya's politics that got them Test status. Now they want to run ICC. Bravo !!!

  • myers74 on February 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    CrinIndia 208 - surely you jest!

  • Sakthiivel on February 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Nothing going to change .. BCCI Rules....

  • mohamedamin on February 1, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    This is where Money talks.....

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    If you want to enjoy the power dont be an ambasador

  • OptimusPrimal on February 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    ICC management is fast becoming a joke and a tool in the hands of BCCI. I'm sure this new "chairman" position is hatched up to keep Powar and BCCI in control of world cricket for many years to come.