Morgan to succeed Mali as president
David Morgan, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, will succeed Ray Mali as the president of the ICC, it was announced today. Morgan, whose appointment was decided at the ICC's annual conference will begin his two-year tenure in June 2008, when Mali's stint as chairman comes to an end.
Sharad Pawar, the president of the Indian board, will succeed Morgan in June 2010.
Morgan will now become the president-elect while Pawar takes over as vice-president. Pawar will become the president-elect and retain his post of vice-president once Morgan takes charge. Morgan will also be expected to give up his ECB role in keeping with ICC policy that the president and the person chosen to succeed him should not represent a Member at the same time as holding those offices. Pawar will do likewise with his role within the BCCI in 12 months.
The ICC's governance review committee decided to limit presidential terms to two years with no option of a third year in office. It also decided to revert to the rotation system previously employed to select future ICC presidents. The rotation will now take place between six groups/regions: England/West Indies; India/Sri Lanka; Australia/New Zealand; Pakistan/Bangladesh; South Africa/Zimbabwe; Associates/Affiliates
In a statement released by the ICC, Morgan said his priority over the next few weeks would be to complete his work with the ECB and work out a succession procedure.
Pawar reacted to the decision by saying: "I am happy with the approach taken by the governance review committee to resolve the issue of succession and I believe David Morgan and myself have readily accepted those proposals in a sporting manner."
Other decisions taken by the ICC
Volume of cricketThe ICC board noted the views of the ICC cricket committee in relation to this matter and directed ICC management to produce a draft international program which should:
Review of the 2007 World CupThree reports are currently being prepared by the following groups:
Changes to playing conditionsThe following changes to playing conditions were agreed:
Minimum boundary sizes in all international matches will be increased with the square boundary measuring at least 150 yards from one side of the ground to the other (minimum 65 yards on one side; previous total minimum size was 140 yards); and the straight boundaries 70 yards at both ends (previous minimum was 65 yards); maximum boundaries to be used allowing for three yards between boundary rope and advertising boards up to a maximum of 90 yards from the centre of the pitch.
These changes will come into effect on 1 October 2007.
Umpiring task forceFurther to a recommendation by the ICC cricket committee, it was agreed that this task force be formed with a view to enhancing the already high standards of officiating.
The chief executives' committee, in its meeting on Sunday and Monday, felt the process should be chaired by a member of the ICC board with that person having a background in human resources. It was agreed by the board that Mr Morgan would chair the group.
The task force will look to determine:
New MembersCameroon, The Falkland Islands, Peru and Swaziland were all granted Affiliate Membership; this means the ICC now has 101 Members.
Jersey was granted Associate Membership.