ICC news June 6, 2011

ICC may end rotation system for president

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC is planning a significant change to the governance of the game by scrapping the rotation policy currently in operation for appointing presidents. The change is likely to be put up for endorsement at June's annual general meeting of board members in Hong Kong.

Under the current system, Pakistan and Bangladesh - the two members who are to put up the next candidates for president and vice-president - are both believed to have objected to the change. "We don't agree with the proposal of change and we have shown our reservations to the ICC," PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said. "We are in touch with the ICC over the matter and will decide the future course of action soon."

ICC sources, however, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that plans are underway to change the rotation policy, which was the main topic of discussion at an ICC governance committee meeting in Chennai last week.

Such a change may have had its genesis in the fate that overtook the former Australian prime minister John Howard when he was nominated for the ICC vice-presidency in 2010. Howard, the rotational choice of Australia and New Zealand, was rejected out of hand by other nations, causing heated debate at last year's annual conference in Singapore. The New Zealander Alan Isaac was ultimately chosen instead.

When the post of president was first created at the ICC, each full member appointed one man for the post on a rotational basis: Jagmohan Dalmiya from India, Malcolm Gray from Australia, Ehsan Mani from Pakistan and Percy Sonn from South Africa were the men appointed under this system.

In 2007, the system was tweaked and the post of vice-president was also created. Though rotation stayed as a policy, nominations now came from pairs of countries: Australia-New Zealand, West Indies-England, India-Sri Lanka, Pakistan-Bangladesh and South Africa-Zimbabwe.

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  • ian on June 7, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Hands up all those who want Pakistan to run anything? The exception proves the rule!

  • khurram on June 7, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    rotation policy is good that way each country wil get chance other wise it will be aus , eng always. besides if they want to end this then end this when once each nation gets 1 turn. why change now when others have it & bangla havent?

  • Hulk on June 7, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Current ICC president Pawar looks like door-to-door salesman who sell toys.

  • Hassan on June 7, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    @K.A.K. "I am trying to figure out if Cricket is transforming into a soap opera, an action thriller, or a mob-drama?" Thanks to financial success of IPL, the entire cricketing world is now turning into what Vince McMohan of WWE calls "Sports Entertainment". Pretty soon you will see even the test matches pre-scripted to the ball, just like IPL

  • Manesh on June 7, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    lets make Ijaz Butt as president, ha ha ha....

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    GUYS did you hear there have been many tornadoes in the US in the last weekk?? I BET THE BCCI had something to do with them.. I figured since BCCI gets blamed for everything, they should get blamed for this as well..

  • faheem on June 7, 2011, 0:58 GMT


  • Jawwad on June 7, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and used to be a die hard cricket fanatic!! I have not hesitation in accepting that governance in PCB is mediocre to be polite. But what every body here fails to realize is that we should think about this move not from a nation's perspective but from a cricketer's perspective. Pakistan cricket is not at its worst juncture, there is no doubting that. But since I am familiar with the cricketing culture in my country, it doesn't bother me a lot, they will bounce back ! But this decision is so transparent in putting forward the interests of more powerful board then crickets' that it is just pathetic. This resonates with the decision of limiting WC to 10 nations. Now the weaker nations with less than amiable cricketing culture are being sidelined. I truly miss the 80s and 90s when cricket was played with passion and furry not for the $$ !!

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    @andyZaltzmannshair - this is the nature of the beast - democracy as long as its us! mind you it would do Pakistan a favour by getting rid of mr butt! 2 Butt's (no pun intended) have done their level best to destroy Pakistan cricket !

  • Amjad on June 6, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair you cant be more correct bro that sums up everything i guess

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