ICC news October 11, 2012

Kumble to head ICC's cricket committee

ESPNcricinfo staff

Anil Kumble, the former India captain and legspinner, has been appointed chairman of the ICC cricket committee. He replaces Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain, who had headed it since 2008.

According to an ICC media release, Kumble's nomination was "unanimously" agreed by the ICC board at a meeting in Colombo earlier this week. Two members of the panel, former Australia captain Mark Taylor and ICC statistician Davin Kendix, got a one-year extension, while former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop voluntarily stepped down. Bishop nominated the recently retired England captain Andrew Strauss as his replacement, which was accepted by the ICC board.

ICC president Allan Isaac said he was confident Kumble would bring his extensive experience as a player and as an administrator to the ICC cricket panel. "In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator with Karnataka State Cricket Association," Isaac said. "I am sure that he will carry on Clive's good work and bring, like Andrew Strauss, contemporary thinking to the committee as both understand clearly the issues facing the modern game."

Under its ambit, the ICC cricket committee periodically recommends changes to the rules in the various formats of the game to make it more balanced and appealing. Earlier this year the committee had recommended that the number of bouncers permitted in an ODI over be increased to two, doing away with the bowling Powerplay and reducing the number of fielders permitted outside the 30-yard circle from five to four. All these changes were ratified by the ICC's chief executives committee in June.

For Kumble, this is another shot in the arm after the BCCI appointed him as the head of its technical committee after the board's AGM last month. Immediately after retiring from cricket, Kumble stepped into the administrator's shoes by effortlessly winning the elections in the Karnataka State Cricket Association, where he is the president. Kumble would be the second Indian to head the committee after Sunil Gavaskar.

The ICC Cricket Committee: Anil Kumble, Allan Isaac, Dave Richardson, Geoff Allardice, Andrew Strauss, Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Tim May, Gary Kirsten, Clare Connor, David White, Trent Johnston, Ravi Shastri, Steve Davis, Ranjan Madugalle, David Kendix.

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  • Vinayak on October 13, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Good job!! Hope that he can juggle all the roles well..

  • Ashok on October 13, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @Cpl. Meanster: You are absolutely right. Many seem to think that India is bull dozing its way because of its sound financial status. They forget that Kumble was firstly a super cricketer - 619 wkts. in 131 test matches along with a century to boot . An excellent Captain who was not afraid to call spade a spade when he said "Only one team is playing in true spirit of the game" in the Sydney test match vs. Aussies, to counterAussies sledging, sportsmanship lapses & poor Umpiring decisions. Kumble is also one of the few crocketers with a professional Engineering degree. So he has leadership qualities + intelligence to match the job requirements. He richly deserves the job irrespective of his Indian origin. Surely Pakistan can put up their candidates ifthey think they are up to it. This committee also has some stalwarts like Strauss, Sanga, Kirsten to show its cumulative knowledge. Good Luck Anil Kumble. You more than deserve to lead this group.

  • Manoj on October 13, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Sanga is the only current played in this committee...... one day he will head the ICC i am pretty sure of that.... he has the talent for that.

  • Cool on October 12, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @Syed_imran_abbas Yep. Let Salman Butt be the chairman, since he has a lot of "leadership" skills, you know . And, let's make Zaka Ashraf the next in line. There you go. Sounds better?

  • Cool on October 12, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @Mus Tafa : I agree man. We should select Amir, Asif, and Butt to be chairman, vice-chairman and director of this committee. Sounds better??

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Good Job MATE..........best of luck for your future........u deserved that position.

  • Omarr on October 12, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Now expect D/L system to be replaced by VJD method. Clive Loyd was the biggest obstacle. Now that he is gone and an Indian has taken over, expect this new method in upcoming matches. Hey btw, also say bye bye to UDRS, IPL to get a window in FTP etc etc

  • Karthikeyan on October 12, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Out of the list, how does Ravi Shastri fit the list? man you weed out these people if we need a good committee. Kumble is a good choice but i would love to see andy flower from zim and Inzy from pakistan over there. People through hard work and dedication and who brought lots of changes to their country all can be thought about for this commitee

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    I will just say not good for Pakistan cricket, because you know :)

  • Jay on October 12, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    A lot of people here simply frustrated to see another Indian at the top level. What they tend to easily forget is that does their country have ANYONE of the quality and stature of Anil Kumble for the job ? The reply is obvious - a big fat NO !

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