ICC annual conference 2014

N Srinivasan confirmed as ICC chairman

Daniel Brettig

June 26, 2014

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ICC constitutional revamp gets official sanction

N Srinivasan has been confirmed as the ICC's first chairman after constitutional changes to the governing body were passed at the annual conference in Melbourne on Thursday.

Smooth passage of the changes devised by the "Big Three" of India, England and Australia had been expected after a set of broad resolutions were approved by Full Member countries earlier this year.

Srinivasan had been barred from his role as BCCI president due to a Supreme Court of India investigation into IPL corruption but had spent the preceding two days, with Australia's Wally Edwards and England's Giles Clarke, explaining the new landscape to delegates, including Associate and Affiliate members.

Following the conclusion of the conference meeting, Srinivasan spoke trenchantly of his innocence in the face of allegations tabled to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope.

"As far as I'm concerned I have done nothing wrong, there is no wrongdoing on my part, and therefore my conscience is very clear, that there is no taint on me," he said. "Whatever investigations there are will take their course, it will come out, reports will come out. But unless I have in my mind any doubt I have done anything ... I have to think if I have not done [wrong], I do not have any concern."

In March, the Supreme Court of India had recommended that Srinivasan step aside as BCCI president while the investigations into the IPL were on, and the court has since turned down his appeals to be reinstated twice.

Srinivasan was also adamant that the wider issue of corruption in cricket should not be seen as a major blight on the game, regardless of recent revelations surrounding the former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent and his Sussex team-mate Naved Arif, alongside charges sustained against Mohammed Ashraful in the Bangladesh Premier League.

"I think the ICC has taken a lot of steps to root out whatever problems are sniffing at world cricket today," he said. "As a result of the efforts of the ACSU and the education programmes they have put in place around the world, I think one can say that there is substantial improvement and I can't accept that cricket has an image problem. There may have been some instances, rare instances [of corruption], few and far between, but I think almost all cricket is very competitive and very fair."

As for questions around whether Srinivasan was the right man to lead world cricket into the future, having long stated his primary responsibility as a representative of the BCCI, the India Cements and Chennai Super Kings owner argued that he should be judged on what he achieved over the term of his chairmanship.

"I believe that some of the criticism is not fair to me and is not well-founded. Beyond that all I can say is that over a long period of time I have been involved with cricket and it's administration, and one must judge me by results," he said. "It is the first day, I've just been elected, and one has to wait and see as to what is the effect I have on the ICC and on cricket, before you make that judgement."

The BCCI termed Srinivasan's appointment "a proud and historic moment for Indian cricket". "As India takes the leadership position in world cricket, the responsibility of guiding the game in these challenging times could not have found a better leader than Mr Srinivasan," Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, said in a statement. "This establishes the important role that the BCCI will essay, as we take this responsibility to work with other members during these days of growth."

The conference meeting was orderly and served primarily as a rubber stamp to changes that have been in the winds for more than a year. No opposition to the constitutional changes, nor Srinivasan's chairmanship, was mounted. In the words of one delegate "we were all lambs and said 'yes' in all the right places".

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Posted by TheGecko on (June 28, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

@Louis De Klerk You sound as if Test cricket has been abolished or something. A 5 Test series between England and India is just around the corner. I look at it this way - T20 belongs to the masses, Tests belong to the Elite. Both formats are here to stay.

Posted by baghels.a on (June 27, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

If you are willing to look beyond the recent controversies surrounding Mr Srinivasan and his proclivity for power you will realise that he is able administrator and huge lover of the game, long before IPL happened, long before BCCI and Satellite TV boom began in late 90's Mr Srinivasan via his company India Cements made sure at least for those playing in local Chennai leagues that cricketers don't have to worry about external sources of income because they were getting paid so well playing Chennai league.Those worried about demise of test cricket worry not because Mr Sriinivasan and most of the top BCCI brass and prominent ex-cricketers in India are as much big test cricket lovers as any of you folks from the West/Anglo countries.5 test match series against England and 4 against Australia is a proof of that.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

World needs bold person like you. If probe panel finds no wrong on him, I have no problem about his role as head.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

Proud of u Mr. Srinivasan

Posted by shane-oh on (June 27, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - speak for yourself. It's clear from these pages that not everyone shares your short attention span.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 27, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

ICC revenue is going to be distributed according to the contribution. India getting 4% when it contributes 70% was not fair.

Test championship is scrapped. Two semis and a final. Three matches to decide a champion.Teams get eliminated after one match. Stadium will be empty for neutral matches. Never going to work. Good it was scrapped.

Champions trophy is back. Top 8 teams. Short sharp tournament. Every match is exciting. Was a resounding success. Why scrap it?

Two tier system for Tests. Will eliminate boring one sided matches between top and bottom ranked teams. India, England and Australia will not be relegated sound unfair. But it was done for very good reasons. Imagine india can only play with Zim, Bang and WI. The Cricket Eco system will collapse.

Associates have the opportunity play Test matches. What an exciting prospect for the associates.

Well done ICC.

Posted by PrasPunter on (June 27, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

@Cpt. Meanster. Do you ever know what test-cricket is and what it means to most of the fraternity ? Go ask your own Legends and they will vouch for it. Don't think the world tunes to your opinions. If you don't want to follow, better stay away !! Cricket is played also beyond the boundaries of india and roof will not fall if india doesn't want to play test cricket !!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Ehsan Mani was correct in his analysis nobody is bigger then the game if india threaten to build a parallel body so let them do it which would not have been recognized by the icc i don't think 20/20(hit and giggle) is anywhere near test cricket india would have paid the prize for it india could not even dream of leaving icc, in my view the icc panicked and started to compromise with the organization

Posted by snbirdi on (June 27, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Awesome news! Great advancements in cricket are on the horizon. The Big Three are going to lead cricket to heights all others can only dream about. Let's do this boys.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Early days! Lets wait and see!

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (June 27, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

@India_boy: Who are you to apologize on behalf of Indians ? We have not appointed you our spokesman! You are free to state your opinions but you certainly cannot say "as an Indian". How much knowledge of world cricket do you have for you to talk of deterioration of quality and substance of world cricket? In recent years, the biggest change we have seen in India is that the game has spread beyond the bigger cities and we now have players from every corner in contention for playing for the country. If a similar out reach takes place in all countries, the game will be that much better.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 26, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

@Loise De Klerk: If you think test cricket 'tests' cricketers. it also tests many people's patience and free time. Nobody has time for such a sluggish format. Cricket will NEVER grow to the glory and greatness of soccer unless the ICC gets rid of tests. No other country besides the nine we have now are interested in it thanks to your beloved test cricket. Only T20s have the power to bring in newer audience, more funds for growth, and excellent pay slips to the players. Test cricket is a relic and should be shelved after this decade. It's seriously boring and slow. How about reducing the game from 5 days to 3 days ? That way you test lovers can get your dose and the others can be spared of the agony. Mr. Srinivasan, make it happen.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

so the dark era of ICC begins, its just sad

Posted by ofcourse on (June 26, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

"His holding on to power is nauseating" - this was the opinion of the honorable Indian court. Way to go ICC, god save the beautiful game that so many of us love!!

Posted by Cricketrus1 on (June 26, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

This should be great news for Cricket lovers. Srinivasan is an astute leader and very compassionate person. Cricket would do wonder. He is not by any means not without faults. But then who is not. If only now he/BCCI would make up with Modi and bring him in the framework, and if need to have some guidelines drawn beforehand, by all means, Cricket will benefit generally. Now there are folks, who won't be satisfied, unless they see a "white" face heading this aghast body, they simply will have to get used to the reality.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 26, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

I am not someone who is keen to point my fingers at Srinivasan without the proper evidential facts. If Srinivasan has indeed been appointment by the ICC, then he definitely should be innocent on all counts. It's not easy to fool the Supreme Court of India and nobody can do it no matter how rich or politically influential he/she may be. Therefore, I suggest let justice take its course in good time. I wish Srinivasan the very best in this new role as India formally assumes the leadership role and control of world cricket. I also hope Srinivasan and the BCCI continue to act in the interests of the game rather than looking out for themselves. India can do anything in world cricket cause of their power. I hope they support the infrastructure of cricket in associate nations and end this whole contrived notion of a 9 member sport. We need cricket to become a world sport and I am sure India can lead that challenge through active funding and promotion of the sport.

Posted by pragmatist on (June 26, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Astonishing amount of support for Srinivasan here. Mind boggling. I weep for cricket.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Where does this leave Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, NZ? My whole life I wished I could see South Africa at the top of the Test rankings. It happened.

And yet, at that time, Test cricket was very much overshadowed by a novelty, a gimmick, T20.

And still the emphasis is on the consumer-friendly T20, not on actual sport, the ultimate test of a cricketer, Test Cricket.

Instead of a cricket world where there are MORE MEANINGFUL tests (every year), we have gone backwards for many years now. Shameful.

Posted by BruceBaskin on (June 26, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

So now the Big Three are getting their way and will move forward on relegating the likes of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand and the Windies to minnow status. What will Tests between the now-lesser nations be worth now? Congratulations for implementing cricket's new "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" philosophy. At least there'll be ODIs and T20s not involving England, Australia or India that the public will think worthy of attending.

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 26, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Srinivasan is the right man for the job. He knows how to get things done and ensure the game of cricket thrives under him. All the best Mr. Srinivasan.

Posted by salil247 on (June 26, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

@ Sachit1979- Bro, I'd like to quote Beatty's character in Network- "We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bye-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime."

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

shame on cricket...

nowdays its only money that talks..

Posted by Triple_A on (June 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Have faith in this new system, readers. Srinivas may have conflicts of interest in India, but the fact is there for everyone to see that cricket has prospered in India under his presidency - I am not talking about match results, but the actual infrastructure and facilities around the country for the advancement of the sport in all areas. He is a very passionate cricket follower, and if people like Dravid can vouch for his dedication towards the sport, then I believe he will improve the status of the game. His emphasis on improving the game at the grass-roots levels around the world is extremely critical - its importance will be seen 10 years down the line when the next generation of cricketers come out stronger and more prepared to face the Full Members in future tours.

Posted by Smithie on (June 26, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Now you have got the job your credibility would be enhanced if you:

- make DRS universal for international matches financed by a sponsor for DRS who will pay big money if Indian viewers are part of it.

- commit all ICC members to use best endeavours to make their Govts legislate to make match and spot fixing a criminal offence

- make a World Test Championship a conditions of the sale of ICC TV rights for next period

- allow Umpires to request bowlers wear short sleeves if they have suspect actions and use technology to monitor such actions in game

- us technology to monitor front foot no balls for every delivery therefore leading to better % of umpires correct decisions at the "business end"

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

Proud that an Indian is ICC chairman. Wish you good luck Mr.Srinivasan. Hope you can use all your administration skills of cricket in world arena -Valli

Posted by SrinR on (June 26, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

All the best to Mr. Srinivasan. It seems Rahul Dravid has vouched for Srinivasan. Good enough for me.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (June 26, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

It's shocking. How can a person who has tainted image and already being tried in Indian court for scams and forgeries could be appointed as ICC chairman. Are all other country representatives becoming blind?

Posted by wapuser on (June 26, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

I never thought even in dreams that I would say it someday but I think it's now The Day. Beloved Cricket ' I Quit '.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

I am an Indian and I love the game and I would have been very proud had it been any other person than N. Srinivasan. Very very sad day for cricket.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 26, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

It is confirmed. Srinivasan is the head of world cricket. No body could stop him. Remember, cream will always rise to the top.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

A very sad day for cricket.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

GREAT news. Srinivasan will go all out & do the best.Good luck. The Gentleman with strong mind & adament Character.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Sad day for world cricket..

Posted by srinideva on (June 26, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

India have every right to get more revenue from the ICC. Mr. srini make it happen in reality. True administrator for India and from now on for World cricket..

Posted by KRHUSSAINI on (June 26, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

ICC should have waited for the decision of the court then appointed him President. How can a man who has been removed from heading his own board become President of an International body. Its all farce.

Posted by sweetspot on (June 26, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

We will see a lot of ignoramuses commenting here that there are charges against him. What charges? Srinivasan isn't guilty of anything, and he has only been asked to step aside till the investigation is complete. That's all. That doesn't amount to any sort of 'charge'.

As for India Cements, it has tirelessly sponsored cricketers for over forty years, and ensured a safety net for many, including Rahul Dravid, so that they may focus on the game - all while gaining nothing. They have been around much longer than the IPL and have done plenty for the sport.

Now we will see that dynamism from Mr. Srinivasan do what the rest of the world couldn't do in a hundred years of being in contol - expand the game's reach and scope. Shut up and get with the program.

Posted by natarsx on (June 26, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

No one is guilty until the guilt is proven. Lets wait for SC to find out the real culprits and if NS is involved he should be thrown out - lets not jump the gun!!

NS is involved with Cricket for quite a long time as an adminstrator. India cements as a company had run cricket for last so many decades!! 14 years with TNCA and a few years with BCCI - good experience to take over the role

I do think he has better knowledge of cricket than our previous Indian ICC head had!! When we can accept SP, why not him?

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Lets see some good changes happening in world of Cricket for good finally, by next 10-15 years we should have at least 32 teams competing for Word cup.. and i am sure we can be a achieve it with strong leader at helm of ICC.

Posted by PrasPunter on (June 26, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Long live ICC !!! My respect for CA and ECB has gone up several-folds !! I mean it !!!

Posted by dns07 on (June 26, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

RIP to a wonderful game called cricket

Posted by sray23 on (June 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

I also hope the Supreme Court leaves "no stone unturned" to strengthen our sport...

Posted by GrindAR on (June 26, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

I wish him all the successes in his role at ICC. If he can achieve 50% of what his vision and motive are, it will be a great refresher for the entire Cricket as a sport and its popularity in the whole world. Getting more countries to play the game will change for better, than what ICC could achieve so far in its existence. ICC truely needed a proper talent to achieve what it had been saying and doing for more than half a century now with no or minuscule results.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 26, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Associate countries have bee participating in the limited over WCs. But this new structure of icc is designed to give them opportunity to play test cricket as well. Very good development. This will certainly encourage them. I can see Ireland and Afganisthan playing test cricket soon. Gear up guys. Work hard and achieve your dream.

Posted by buddhikapm on (June 26, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

everyone is telling about his hard working etc..he could be a hard worker but for his own benefit

Posted by nursery_ender on (June 26, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 26, 2014, 7:00 GMT) Congratulations Mr Srinivasan. It is a great achievement. He genuinely works tirelessly for the good of the game. True cricket lovers know his worth. Well done ICC. Well done BCCI. Proud to be a cricket fan.

Well he certainly works tirelessly for the good of N Srinivasan and India. I remain to be convinced about his impact on the game as a whole.

Posted by snethaji on (June 26, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

atlast strong leader at the office. Congrats Srini, do well and make the associate nations more strong and make the sport more competitive .

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

Not good enough to run BCCI but good to run ICC. Go figure.....

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 26, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

Congratulations Mr Srinivasan. It is a great achievement. He genuinely works tirelessly for the good of the game. True cricket lovers know his worth. Well done ICC. Well done BCCI. Proud to be a cricket fan.

Posted by siponus2007 on (June 26, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

might be death of cricket or new beginning a new era of cricket

Posted by India_boy on (June 26, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Bad and unfortunate day for world cricket. As an Indian, I apologise in advance for the impending deterioration in both quality and substance of cricket in general. It is incomprehensible how a person who has not been allowed to chair BCCI, can chair ICC. Wish world cricket showed some spine and grouped against him. Cricinfo Pls publish

Posted by wapuser on (June 26, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

He deserved to be in that position... Congrats...

Posted by Realistic_cri_fan on (June 26, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

Here comes the Lion..He will take the world cricket to the next level.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Congratulations and best of luck mr srinivasan...you are a great administrator...carry on your good work...

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

His son in law might have done wrong doings ,but n srinivasan has done a lot to indian cricket. Just because he is the owner of csk people hate him. He has done a lot to Tamil nadu cricket. All the best Srini sir

Posted by crickcroc on (June 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

The times that we live in! Deemed ineligible to head BCCI, so gets himself promoted to ICC Chairman. Way to go!

Posted by ssand on (June 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Your hard work and administrative abilities are appreciated, somewhere! Congratulations!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

Srinivasan had been barred from his role as BCCI president due to an India Supreme court investigation into IPL corruption. How can the ICC elect a person of this calibre to be their Chairman. He could only have been considered if all charges against him were dropped. What a mess!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

The man who has been barred to be the chief of BCCI is the boss of ICC now. Best of luck cricket!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

There is no point of talking about this.RIP gentleman's game

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

It will further dent the reputation of sport world over. I myself once a mad follower is now not watching cricket & such administrator further keep me away. God bless cricket!!!!

Posted by Chandramouli.G on (June 26, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Congratulations and All the Best Mr. Srinivasan Sir.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

isn't it controversial ??? not convinced :-(

Posted by Balumekka on (June 26, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

This sums up the pathetic situation the cricket has fallen into.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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