ICC News May 5, 2013

Sivaramakrishnan elected to ICC panel

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Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, the former India legspinner, has joined Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara as a players' representative on the ICC cricket committee, replacing the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) chief executive, Tim May*. Sivaramakrishnan, currently a commentator on Indian television, is learnt to have beaten May in a fiercely contested election that saw intense lobbying by both sides.

The ICC confirmed Sivaramakrishnan's appointment in a release on Monday, saying: "Sangakkara and Sivaramakrishnan were recently elected by a vote of the 10 Test captains, and will serve on the Cricket Committee for a three-year term from 2013-15." Former England captain Andrew Strauss has replaced Ian Bishop as 'Past Player representative', the release said. "Strauss is one of the two Past Player representatives (replacing Ian Bishop), while Sivaramakrishnan is one of the two Current Player representatives (replacing Tim May). The other Current Player representative is former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has been on the committee since 2007."

Based on nominations received by it, the ICC board had proposed three names - those of Sangakkara, May and Sivaramakrishnan - for the two players' representative positions. Sangakkara, sole current player, is expected to be elected unanimously while Sivaramakrishnan is believed to have received six of the ten votes in the other slot, for former players. The representatives are elected by the captains of the ten Test-playing countries, who cast their votes in a secret online ballot.

Sivaramakrishnan had been backed by the BCCI, which, ESPNcricinfo has confirmed, contacted at least one other member country "requesting" support. He is also believed to have been backed by one more country, independent of the BCCI. Incidentally, though he has been elected as a players' representative, India has no recognised players' association.

May, the former Australia offspinner, has been the public voice of players' concerns globally since establishing FICA in 1998. He was, however, handicapped by the fact that FICA is recognised by only five Full Members of the ICC: Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, the first four of whom are understood to have supported his nomination.

Apart from FICA's limited global influence, one factor that is believed to have gone against May was his sustained criticism of the running of Twenty20 tournaments including the IPL, Sri Lankan Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League. It is believed that this won him few friends on the Asian boards.

Tony Irish, the chief executive of the South African players association, criticised the BCCI's interventionist approach to the election process. "It's a sad day for the governance of cricket when players aren't allowed to freely elect their representatives," Irish was quoted as saying. "Cricket is a global game and the decisions that are made should be global decisions for the benefit of the global game, not for the benefit of one country, whichever country that is."

However, a member of a board that voted for Sivaramakrishnan contested that view. "It is disingenuous for FICA or its supporters to protest because in an election, candidates canvas votes and FICA did the same thing on Tim May's behalf. The fact is that May didn't have the support of many captains and that showed in the votes. Suggestions that May had the support of nine captains to start with are completely baseless."

The ICC cricket committee is a leading decision-maker for the game's governing body in on-field matters, including playing conditions such as the use of the DRS to review umpiring decisions. It is headed by Anil Kumble, the former Indian captain, and includes Andrew Strauss and Mark Taylor (past players), Gary Kirsten (Full Member team coach representative), David White (Member board representative), Steve Davis (umpires' representative), Ranjan Madugalle (match referees' representative), John Stephenson (MCC representative), David Kendix (statistician), Trent Johnston (Associate representative), Ravi Shastri (media representative) and Clare Connor (women's representative).

*06.10GMT, May 6: The article has been updated after the ICC confirmed the appointments

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris_P on May 8, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @ the_blue_android the first vote of the captains was 9-1 to May. Just not quite unanimous. I would suggest it was overwhelming.

  • luks on May 7, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    To Satya Paul, so he has administration experience?

  • stalefresh on May 7, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    this news is music to my ears.. literally!

  • the_blue_android on May 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @ Chris_P - Overwhelming support? 4 out of 10 is not a majority. 4 is a smaller number than 6 FYI.

  • sarangsrk on May 7, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    I am an Indian but not convinced about LS nomination for this post. There are far better cricketers with far better communication skills than LS in Indian cricket and they should have been sent to make sure all player concerns are addressed. I am afraid LS is not assertive enough as I see from his commentary. I still wish him good luck for this role.

  • on May 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    This is great news... hope this means we dont have to hear him as a commentator going forward.. he lacks insight as a commentator.. so if he is banished its gr8 for the earbuds.. also not sure what this group does.. dont think it does much so no harm i guess ;)

  • NP_NY on May 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    LOL, it's amazing to see how many people are quick to judge LS and jump to conclusions about a BCCI conspiracy. Guys, your hatred of Indian cricket and BCCI is making you delusional. LS is a good man and very knowledgible about cricket. He was ELECTED by the majority of the test playing captains over Tim May. Deal with it!

  • Yasin123Patel on May 6, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    bad choice. India shoyld have send another name. Shiva is one of the most one sided commenteter who just waste time to appriciate indian but don't appriciate opponnent players even if they play well with few exception.

  • Mann123 on May 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    BCCI now wants to have its say in the players body too. It is quite obvious from L Siva's commentary that he does not have the kind of personality required for this position. But it is also obvious that he is hand picked by the BCCI president, being one of his very obvious support, even in a commentary box where you expect them to be neutral. I am sure someone like Sanga would have been a much better choice.

  • bharath74 on May 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Congratulations, great news !!!!!!

  • Chris_P on May 8, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @ the_blue_android the first vote of the captains was 9-1 to May. Just not quite unanimous. I would suggest it was overwhelming.

  • luks on May 7, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    To Satya Paul, so he has administration experience?

  • stalefresh on May 7, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    this news is music to my ears.. literally!

  • the_blue_android on May 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @ Chris_P - Overwhelming support? 4 out of 10 is not a majority. 4 is a smaller number than 6 FYI.

  • sarangsrk on May 7, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    I am an Indian but not convinced about LS nomination for this post. There are far better cricketers with far better communication skills than LS in Indian cricket and they should have been sent to make sure all player concerns are addressed. I am afraid LS is not assertive enough as I see from his commentary. I still wish him good luck for this role.

  • on May 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    This is great news... hope this means we dont have to hear him as a commentator going forward.. he lacks insight as a commentator.. so if he is banished its gr8 for the earbuds.. also not sure what this group does.. dont think it does much so no harm i guess ;)

  • NP_NY on May 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    LOL, it's amazing to see how many people are quick to judge LS and jump to conclusions about a BCCI conspiracy. Guys, your hatred of Indian cricket and BCCI is making you delusional. LS is a good man and very knowledgible about cricket. He was ELECTED by the majority of the test playing captains over Tim May. Deal with it!

  • Yasin123Patel on May 6, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    bad choice. India shoyld have send another name. Shiva is one of the most one sided commenteter who just waste time to appriciate indian but don't appriciate opponnent players even if they play well with few exception.

  • Mann123 on May 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    BCCI now wants to have its say in the players body too. It is quite obvious from L Siva's commentary that he does not have the kind of personality required for this position. But it is also obvious that he is hand picked by the BCCI president, being one of his very obvious support, even in a commentary box where you expect them to be neutral. I am sure someone like Sanga would have been a much better choice.

  • bharath74 on May 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Congratulations, great news !!!!!!

  • cricdeep on May 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Siva who is a misfit in the com box, is now going to handle the job as a player rep??Have you ever seen an interview of this guy giving his own views on cricket? Or have you seen any articles written by him. Or has he coached any teams? In the com box too he just describes the game, does not go in between the lines and give the viewers an insight into the strategies,analysis of a match etc. How can such a person represent players for such a crucial job. Has any one heard his of his views of DRS? How can be in ICC's policy making committee ? Such a poor choice.

  • jmcilhinney on May 6, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    It all seems a bit odd. A former player who is currently a member of the media being the Current Players representative rather than the Former Players representative or the Media representative. It seems to me that a Current Players representative should be a current player.

  • backwardpoint on May 6, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Someone who has been tirelessly supporting the players cause has been unceremoniously removed?

  • on May 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Congratz Siva. People should not be questioning with out knowing his credentials are

  • daalien on May 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Potentially, the only good thing about this is that we will no longer have to listen to his horrible commentary any more on the telly.

  • thinkgood on May 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Congratulations Siva ! You are a sincere gentleman. You will do well to make us all proud in India .

  • Dashgar on May 6, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Well now that the BCCI have a newfound interest in player relations maybe Tim May can be president of their players association.

  • on May 6, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Congrats siva..

  • ooper_cut on May 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    How could LS be a current player rep ? He is a current commentator not a player !!!!!!!!!

  • sportofpain on May 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Good choice. LS was an outstanding leggie - made his india debut at the age of just 16! He has vast knowledge of the game and will no doubt serve with distinction. @venkatesh018- your comment is in poor taste. Each of these people you mention are worthy of their places.

  • Chimka on May 6, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    After this news.. surely I can become next president of U.S .. seriously LS !!

  • on May 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Crappy nomination from BCCI. Anil Kumble could have been a better choice or else Ganguly or Drvaid. I guess next nomination from BCCI would be Navjot Sidhu who can sing , dance, memories 3rd grade Punjabi translated Phrases in English and talk endlessly

  • Cric_god_Sachin on May 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Many Conrats to Siva.. Here's one more for BCCI haters. His selection is through voting and all will have to accept it, so settle down and let the game begin. GO INDIA !!!

  • Stark62 on May 6, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I'm glad Tim May has been replaced!!

  • on May 6, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Congratulations...bitter experience with tim may..who didn't raise his voice for a singal time even against IPL players payment...Targeted BPL to discontinue..now he has been discontinued by Sivaramakrishnan...Gud luck for you Sivaramakrishnan..though your country don't recognize players association itself...

  • on May 6, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    To luks: We are talking about ICC committee. How does one being CSK or South Aus, or Sussex supporter affect that. And poor commentator? He does not have to do commentary as an ICC committee member, dammit! Grow up and think of some better excuse

  • Rajeshj on May 6, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    I seriously don't know what he did to get elected as a player's representative... Tim May has was experience and have been involved actively as a player's representative for so long.. This guy had never been a representative for Indian players and how come he gets eligible for this post?? By knowing nothing, what will he do there???... Why are the elections in ICC and all cricketing Boards being conducted secretly with intense lobbying??? When so much money and people interest is involved in the sports, I think it is time to get a transparent structure over all governing activities in cricket...

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Players should be allowed to select their representative without any interference from governing bodies.After all they are selecting someone to represent them. Its pretty wired/cheap how BCCI tell players how and who they should vote for. At least players have some consolation that Sangakkara is there to represent players along with some others coz Sangakkara is a pretty stand-up guy n not gonna be intimidated by governing bodies.

  • venkatesh018 on May 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    How can people like Mark Taylor, Gary Kirsten work and contribute in a committee which has Ravi Shastri and now LS ? Please can anybody explain.

  • Ganeshran on May 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Wonderful selection.Congrats to Mr.Sivaramakrishnan.He will bring a vast knowledge on the game to the table.

  • satishchandar on May 6, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    I am not sure whether Siva is good guy to do the job.. but for May, did May do anything purposeful than blaming BCCI? Imagine Siva in the position and somehow England again becomes supreme power.. Siva can only blame England as it is against his home wishes.. That is what May did.. Till now May didnot do big things which were useful.. No shame in removing him and giving the job to a fresh face..

    People who blame BCCI for everything are primarily from the "Good old" master nations and are not willing to accept the power shift.. And to say Siva as CSK supporter is a joke.. If so May is a South Australia supporter?

    The master always decides their employees and Australia and England enjoyed their previlage till now. It is the turn of BCCI now.. Chill out and relax folks just like others were till now..

  • sifter132 on May 6, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Perhaps if they just had a certain number of members from each country it might solve this kind of problem. At the moment it seems like there are 4 English, 2 Australians and Indians, and 1 each from South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ireland. If anything, we need a Pakistani or a West Indian on there, not another former Indian legspinner or another Aussie.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 6, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Congrats to Lax. I guess the 6th country as WI who are in good terms with Lax. Anyway good decision. Even majority of cricket played in the subcontinent and revenue coming from it, it was only English and Australians were in the governing councils. Now BCCI got support from all other boards to challenge them.

  • Udendra on May 6, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Now the whole panel will go into T20 mode!

  • on May 6, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    If the voters are current captains of the test playing nations then what lobbying would have played a role. If Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa have voted for one, can we say that their respective boards supported this person. It is really ridiculous to call this way. Tim May had been in this position earlier and did not make major in-roads and complained that BCCI was a stumbling block on everything. Now, the BCCI or India based representative has come on board and may be this could create a paradigm shift in the thinking of BCCI as well. Let us hope that LS will be able to provide better support and bring more benefits to the Players. I wish him good luck.

  • luks on May 6, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Oh good... now we have another CSK supporter in a position of power. Anybody can see that Siva, although we adore him as a player, is a poor commentator and would do badly in a position of authority. Oh well... who cares.

  • KingofRedLions on May 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    So the BCCI, which doesn't even have a players association, and does not recoginise the international players association, still decides to put forward a candidate to represent players.

    Good governance and the BCCI stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. It's all about their hegemony.

  • Dashgar on May 6, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Really tough on May. He's done so much great work for players as leader of FICA and deserved this role. Hopefully Sivaramakrishnan does a good job but you can't help but think he's been put there to further the cause of people like Srinivasan and not players or fans.

  • Chris_P on May 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    I guess the overwhelming support of the test playing captains isn't enough for Tim May but board politics are forcing their nomination over-rides everything? So much for democracy & what the players feel is the right thing to do. @the_blue_android lobbying by any other name is the threat to withdraw funding is it? Interesting.

  • on May 6, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Siva the only "googly bowler" ( all his deliveries were googlies and scanty leg spin) wonder of India is good cricket commentator and knows the game of the present generation well and is a good selection .

  • The_Spin on May 6, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Doesn't FICA include both the Srilankan Players Association and the Bangladeshi Player's Association, taking their membership up to 7 out of 10 of the test playing nations?

  • kitten on May 5, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    I fully endorse the comments made by 'the_blue_android'. Even the picture above is incorrectly marked as it shows May as being on the left, when in fact it it Haroon Lorgat who is on the left. So much for reporting. I personally do not follow the workings of the ICC, but the world has moved on as rightly said by 'the_blue_ android', and we need new blood with new ideas to run the show. These old foggies can take a back seat and watch the show!!

  • xylo on May 5, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    If this means that Sivaramakrishnan will be out of the commentary box, then bravo!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 5, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Of course.."Sangakkara, sole current player, is expected to be elected unanimously" . Wow !!! He totally commands the respect of the world of Cricket. What a legend. A Sri lankan Legend !!!

  • jackthelad on May 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    'India has no recognised players' association'. That says it all, really, about the isolation of Indian cricket from every other cricketing nation, and its ability to hold such power simply from financial considerations. This is an utter travesty, and India should be evicted from the ICC.

  • KK47 on May 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    L Sivaramakrishnan seems a good choice. At a time when only fast bowlers are benefited from any rule change favouring bowlers, Anil and Siva should get some relief for spinners as well. Good move by BCCI and best wishes to Siva.

  • Aju.Nair on May 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats Siva...we all know Siva is a down to earth person....All the best to your new role..

  • the_blue_android on May 5, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    "It's a sad day for the governance of cricket when players aren't allowed to freely elect their representatives," - this has to be most nonsensical statement. They all were allowed to freely elect. It just turns out that whoever they elected wasn't the most popular choice. This is just a case of sour grapes. Complaining about BCCI calling up other boards? that is called lobbying? when was the last time an election was held without lobbying? these old colonial type administrators should make way for the younger folks who understand how the world works and not stick to how it used to work 50 years go.

    Does it mean all the asian boards were not allowed to freely elect their representatives since 1998? Enough of this hogwash.

  • kk777 on May 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Here lies the main problem in evolution of cricket. FICA recognized by only 5 of 10 test playing nations and voted by only 4 out of that 5, considers itself 'International'. Anything going against those BIG FOUR is automatically considered BAD for cricket. Cricket governors will have to shed this 'exclusive' and 'incestuous' attitude if they really want the game to grow. Reminiscing about 'the Good Old Days' ain't gonna help. Although I would have liked it even better if it was someone from outside of BCCI whom BCCI supported, because now everyone's gonna harp about ' Dictator BCCI'

  • ARad on May 5, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Sivaramakrishnan, from a country without a player's association, backed by its board, potentially paid via its board (if the commentators for Indian international and IPL matches are chosen by BCCI) gets to represent players. This doesn't look good regardless of how it gets spinned. (At least Ravi Shastri is there as media representative which is only half as bad as this.)

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  • ARad on May 5, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Sivaramakrishnan, from a country without a player's association, backed by its board, potentially paid via its board (if the commentators for Indian international and IPL matches are chosen by BCCI) gets to represent players. This doesn't look good regardless of how it gets spinned. (At least Ravi Shastri is there as media representative which is only half as bad as this.)

  • kk777 on May 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Here lies the main problem in evolution of cricket. FICA recognized by only 5 of 10 test playing nations and voted by only 4 out of that 5, considers itself 'International'. Anything going against those BIG FOUR is automatically considered BAD for cricket. Cricket governors will have to shed this 'exclusive' and 'incestuous' attitude if they really want the game to grow. Reminiscing about 'the Good Old Days' ain't gonna help. Although I would have liked it even better if it was someone from outside of BCCI whom BCCI supported, because now everyone's gonna harp about ' Dictator BCCI'

  • the_blue_android on May 5, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    "It's a sad day for the governance of cricket when players aren't allowed to freely elect their representatives," - this has to be most nonsensical statement. They all were allowed to freely elect. It just turns out that whoever they elected wasn't the most popular choice. This is just a case of sour grapes. Complaining about BCCI calling up other boards? that is called lobbying? when was the last time an election was held without lobbying? these old colonial type administrators should make way for the younger folks who understand how the world works and not stick to how it used to work 50 years go.

    Does it mean all the asian boards were not allowed to freely elect their representatives since 1998? Enough of this hogwash.

  • Aju.Nair on May 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats Siva...we all know Siva is a down to earth person....All the best to your new role..

  • KK47 on May 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    L Sivaramakrishnan seems a good choice. At a time when only fast bowlers are benefited from any rule change favouring bowlers, Anil and Siva should get some relief for spinners as well. Good move by BCCI and best wishes to Siva.

  • jackthelad on May 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    'India has no recognised players' association'. That says it all, really, about the isolation of Indian cricket from every other cricketing nation, and its ability to hold such power simply from financial considerations. This is an utter travesty, and India should be evicted from the ICC.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 5, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Of course.."Sangakkara, sole current player, is expected to be elected unanimously" . Wow !!! He totally commands the respect of the world of Cricket. What a legend. A Sri lankan Legend !!!

  • xylo on May 5, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    If this means that Sivaramakrishnan will be out of the commentary box, then bravo!!

  • kitten on May 5, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    I fully endorse the comments made by 'the_blue_android'. Even the picture above is incorrectly marked as it shows May as being on the left, when in fact it it Haroon Lorgat who is on the left. So much for reporting. I personally do not follow the workings of the ICC, but the world has moved on as rightly said by 'the_blue_ android', and we need new blood with new ideas to run the show. These old foggies can take a back seat and watch the show!!

  • The_Spin on May 6, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Doesn't FICA include both the Srilankan Players Association and the Bangladeshi Player's Association, taking their membership up to 7 out of 10 of the test playing nations?