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ICC's nomination committee set to pick next CEO

Nagraj Gollapudi & Tariq Engineer

May 3, 2012

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Haroon Lorgat speaks to the media after the ICC executive board meeting, Dubai, April 16, 2012
The ICC's committee will meet in Mumbai to conduct interviews to determine Haroon Lorgat's successor © Getty Images
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The ICC's nomination committee, headed by its president Sharad Pawar, will meet in Mumbai on May 6 to conduct interviews with the four short-listed candidates to determine the successor to Haroon Lorgat, the outgoing chief executive officer. Though the identity of the four has been kept a closely guarded secret, it is understood that David Collier, the current ECB CEO along with Dave Richardson, who is ICC's general manager of cricket, were two names on the shortlist, picked by the global executive head-hunting company Egon Zehnder.

Pawar would be joined at the table by Alan Issac (the ICC vice-president), Julian Hunte (the West Indies Cricket Board president), Keith Oliver (Cricket Scotland chairman). Also present will be the pair of N Srinivasan and Giles Clarke (the BCCI and ECB heads), who were co-opted on to the nomination panel at the last minute.

Though the names of the two other candidates could not be ascertained, Collier has been tipped as a likely favourite at the outset only because of his extensive experience in various administrative and management roles at the ECB, where he has been the CEO for the last eight years. "He has been around for a long time and hence knows the game. He knows what is topical in the game and has been England chief executive for a long time, too," an ICC member board source told ESPNcricinfo.

But the source also pointed out that one possible blot against Collier could be his open embrace of Allen Stanford, the American businessman who is in jail in the USA after being convicted for fraud. In 2008 Stanford had joined hands with the ECB to promote Twenty20 cricket and Collier, along with Clarke, were in involved in drawing up the plans.

"Collier comes with the Stanford mark with him [though]. How can they even think of a guy who went into that deal? Some people in the ICC board don't trust him," the source said.

As for Richardson, the source said, despite the former South African wicketkeeper's clean image, the one big factor that was likely to stand against him was his inexperience and lack of skills in commerce and finance. "He knows the ICC environment fully well, but he is not skilled in the commercial and financial nous and those are important skillsets for any chief executive needs to run an organisation," the source said. "You need a man with knowledge in diverse fields."

The source felt that Pawar, who wielded control at one time at the ICC, would not be as influential in the selection process. Eventually, he felt, it would be the pair of Srinivasan and Clarke, who would control things at the selection table. "They will not keep quiet. These two believe in running the board as if they are the only executive. So they are likely to influence things," the source said.

Another factor that could figure in the selection process, the source said, was the recent decision by the ICC board to adopt one of the recommendations of the Woolf Report to split the role of the president into two - that entails creating a post of chairman and reducing the president to an "ambassadorial" role. "The danger is this split could cause the undermining of the role of the CEO," the source said. The chairman, the source noted, would then play the leadership role while the chief executive ran the corporate body. He feared boards like the BCCI and ECB could then overpower the future CEO.

According to an official from a different member country, he did not foresee any problem with if an independent was picked as Lorgat's replacement. "If the person is a capable, experienced candidate, he can fit into the role provided he understands the role," he said.

The candidate who will be eventually picked would be recommended to the ICC executive board at the annual conference, to be held at end of June in Kuala Lumpur, before making his name public.

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Posted by iNsiDers on (May 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

hahaha this is so funny ... ICC is BCCI's puppet

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Warren Deutron is an interesting left-field suggestion & I'd seriously consider him the next time this comes around but I feel he has still more important work with Ireland. Dave Richardson should get the job.

A CEO doesn't necessarily need to be a high finance wizard but moreso be able to have an understanding of what's in front of him. As a practising large city lawyer before,during & even after his intl career, he would've had to prove himself competent in having a handle (clear understanding) of the fact's of a case/issue.

Posted by anton111 on (May 4, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Julian Hunte??????? Please no.

Posted by Venki_indian on (May 4, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@Omarrz will u be happy if it happens in pak?

Posted by Venki_indian on (May 4, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@salman raza So ICC meeting should happen in Karachi? :)

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 3, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

it just happens to be in mumbai..any problems anyone?

Posted by CarnivalOfSorts on (May 3, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

Might not seem like the most obvious choice but there's only one man in recent years who has exhibited the moral qualities and work ethics that the highest man in cricket should have in recent years. Warren Deutrom, CEO of Cricket Ireland, has worked tirelessly for the right for the voices of the Associate members to be heard like they should, and has lead the rise of the game in Ireland to new heights. He will probably never get near the job but I can't think of a man more deserving.

Posted by Omarrz on (May 3, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

@Salman Raza--> Come out of the world of illusion. There is no such thing as ICC. Just a fancy name for BCCI.

Posted by gunnerr4life on (May 3, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

why the hell in mumbai ???

Posted by Pteris on (May 3, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Remember that Dave Richardson is a qualified lawyer. That gives him some useful skills re contracts etc. However, being a nice guy might count against him.

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