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Results of ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in Johannesburg

Brian Murgatroyd

September 12, 2007

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The ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) met in Johannesburg on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September and the following were some of the results of the meeting:

Volume of cricket

CEC reviewed a draft international programme for the period 2012 - 2017. The meeting asked ICC management, which was responsible for the preparation of the programme, to refine it ahead of further discussion on the subject at the next CEC meeting, set to take place in February 2008 in Kuala Lumpur during the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.

Once complete, it is envisaged the draft programme will then be reviewed by the ICC Board, although possible implementation, if appropriate, may be delayed due to members' existing commercial arrangements.

Umpires' task force

The meeting reviewed a report compiled by an umpires' task force chaired by ICC President-elect David Morgan and also including Geoff Allardice of Cricket Australia, ICC Manager - Cricket David Richardson and Ranjan Madugalle, the ICC Chief Match Referee. This followed a meeting by the task force in London on 6 and 7 September.

The main recommendation of the group was that the Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires should be increased in size from 10 to 12 officials.

The report of the task force will go forward for consideration by the ICC Board during its next meeting, set for Dubai on 30 and 31 October.

The task force was formed following a recommendation in May by the ICC's Cricket Committee. The purpose of the group is to enhance the already high standards of officiating.

It began its work by surveying umpires, players, member boards and the media on the current state and perceptions of umpiring ahead of its meeting in London.

The terms of reference for the group were:

  • How best to structure the Emirates Elite and International panels
  • The support structures for the panel
  • Umpire remuneration levels and workloads
  • Policies for the selection and appointment of umpires to panels and matches, including the issue of neutrality

    Status of matches in South Africa during the Apartheid era

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) asked that this matter be deferred pending its own internal discussions. This was agreed by the meeting.

    The CEC comprises the Chief Executives or their equivalent of the 10 ICC Full Members and three representatives from ICC Associate Members. It is chaired by the ICC's Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee also attends the meeting.

    ICC Chief Executives' Committee

    Malcolm Speed ICC Chief Executive Officer
    Ray Mali ICC President
    Sunil Gavaskar Chairman - Cricket Committee
     
    Full Members
    James Sutherland Australia
    Mahmudur Rahman Bangladesh
    David Collier England
    Niranjan Shah India
    Justin Vaughan New Zealand
    Shafqat Naghmi Pakistan
    Duleep Mendis Sri Lanka
    Gerald Majola South Africa
    Barry Thomas West Indies
    Ozias Bvute Zimbabwe
     
    Associate Members
    Warren Deutrom Ireland
    John Cribbin Hong Kong
    Laurie Pieters Namibia

    The final day of the meeting - Tuesday - also coincided with the start of the ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007. The tournament comprises 27 matches over 14 days at three venues - Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg - with the final set to take place on 24 September. The opening match saw South Africa beat the West Indies by eight wickets at The Wanderers in Johannesburg in a clash that included the first ever T20I hundred, 117 from 57 balls by the visitors' Chris Gayle.

  • Brian Murgatroyd is ICC Manager - Media and Communications

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