ICC Chief Executives' Meeting December 8, 2008

Twenty20 off the agenda for ICC chiefs

Cricinfo staff

ICC president David Morgan and chief executive Haroon Lorgat respond to questions during a media conference at the conclusion of the two-day conference © Getty Images
The results of the two-day meeting of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee in Cape Town were announced today, but in reality nothing of major consequence was agreed. While issues such as slow over-rates and the Future Tours Programme were addressed, there was no mention of the wider implications of the Twenty20 boom, in particular the two hottest topics, the IPL and ICL.

All recommendations made in the two-day meeting will still have to be approved by the full ICC executive when it meets in January. These will include a proposed expansion of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit to take in the wider brief of safety, security and terrorist intelligence, in the wake of the recent attacks in Islamabad and Mumbai.

Further down the agenda, there were discussions on the thorny issue of players being released to play for Associate countries, although the recommendation is unlikely to appease those who are calling for teams to be forced to release them for all international matches. More general discussions were held on player conduct and the Commonwealth Games.

The main talking points were:

International Cricket for Associate Members
While ICC regulations state that "participation in any form of international cricket shall always take priority over participation in any other form of cricket", the CEC recommended that this should not apply to all matches involving Associate Members.

Release of players to represent an Associate Member should only be made mandatory and therefore require a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the relevant Associate Member for the following matches: ODIs and Twenty20 matches against Full Members; ICC World Cup and qualifiers; ICC Champions Trophy; ICC World Twenty20 and qualifiers; Under-19 Cricket World Cup and qualifiers.

Outside these matches, the relevant Associate "would exercise its discretion in granting or withholding an NOC".

Future Tours Programme post-2012
With the current FTP due to conclude in May 2012, the concept of an alternative structure to bilateral tours, including the possibility of an enhanced Test championship, was further discussed at length by the CEC. There was also a general discussion on the issue of Test cricket with Members acknowledging the need to find ways in which this format of the game can be protected and promoted.

ICC Code of Conduct issues
The CEC agreed to recommend that the ICC should draft a separate anti-racism code to run independent from the ICC Code of Conduct. A draft code will be drawn up after receiving written comments and suggestions from Members.

The CEC also looked to impose stronger action against teams bowling their overs too slowly in Tests and ODIs, and it was recommended that the relevant regulations would be reviewed.

Anti-Corruption and Security Unit
It was agreed that the role of the ACSU be expanded to include liaising and managing safety, security and terrorism intelligence matters with independent security consultants/agencies and advising the ICC chief executive and board on all matters relating to safety and security.

All Full Members and the top six Associate Members have agreed to have in place WADA-compliant codes by July 1, 2009.

Commonwealth Games
The CEC did not back suggestions that cricket could be included in the 2014 Games scheduled to be staged in Glasgow.

Women's cricket
A team of the tournament will be selected from the Women's World Cup in 2009 and at the annual ICC Awards, the Women's Cricketer of the Year be selected using the same voting process as for the men.

On the second day of the meeting there was a strategy workshop which Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, described as "encouraging". He added: "As a sport, cricket faces challenges and tensions at international level. But it also enjoys wonderful strengths. For this group it is vital that we work together for the good of the game around the world. This workshop highlighted people's concerns and hopes for the game and will hopefully in time help us develop a long-term response that will make our strong sport even stronger."