ICC news March 25, 2016

Tim May returns to ICC's Cricket Committee

Tim May is back in the ICC's Cricket Committee © Getty Images

Tim May has been reappointed to the ICC's Cricket Committee as a present-players' representative, almost three years after he lost his place on it.* May, one of two current players' representatives at that time, was replaced by L Sivaramakrishnan in the 2013 elections that became controversial over perceptions that they had been influenced by the BCCI.

May return is seen as a significant reflection of the changing attitudes at both the ICC and the BCCI following the appointment of Shashank Manohar as chairman and president respectively.

May, the former chief executive of FICA (the Federation of International Cricketers Associations), was voted off the committee in 2013 in controversial circumstances. Sivaramakrishnan, a BCCI-contracted commentator, was among those who replaced him amid allegations that pressure was applied to several of the Test captains who elect their favoured representative.

May subsequently resigned as chief executive of FICA in June 2013, citing his growing frustration with the administration of the sport.

As inaugural president of the Australian Cricketers' Association from 1997 and FICA CEO from 2005, May gained a reputation as a leading proponent of the rights of players. Few have done more to increase their pay, security or influence.

Under the previous ICC regime, such activities were viewed as trouble making. But under Manohar, the ICC is taking steps towards embracing, if not the full Woolf Report - an independent governance review of the ICC in 2012 that recommended more independent representation on the board, more transparency within administration and less domination by the favoured few nations - at least aspects of its spirit.

*07.30GMT, March 27: The article had erroneously mentioned that Tim May has been reappointed as a past-players' representative. This has been corrected.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • roger on March 26, 2016, 2:29 GMT

    Bad time started for Asian teams....who doesn't care for the payers of AUS/ENG. How can he be back?

  • michael on March 25, 2016, 15:35 GMT

    So under what guise is he back? Has he been reinstated as the FICA CEO to qualify as someone on the committee?

  • u on March 25, 2016, 8:42 GMT

    A v good step in the right direction. Time to get the house in order. Tim May was and will b doing the right thing.

  • Cricinfouser on March 25, 2016, 7:20 GMT

    The real challenge is whether he will only represent/protect the elite players, after all they earn more than enough money already or instead have the vision to represent the whole cricketing community, accelerating development in associate nations and taking the game to emerging countries and markets. Imagine if the game became popular e.g. in China and all of Africa. Cricket is competing against other sports to attract money in to the game to spread it to all corners of the earth

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