World cricket 2011 saw a successful staging of ICC’s flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and a number of international matches that produced some of the most entertaining individual and team performances.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat reflects on some achievements and disappointments of the year.
Lorgat, says: “I think 2011 will be most noted for being the World Cup year that was spectacularly hosted in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka and for the host nation India winning it after some 28 years. I can clearly recall those magical scenes in Mumbai after India had won the World Cup.
“There were some other significant achievements as well. I think the restructure of the international cricket landscape and adoption of the new ICC Strategic Plan 2011 to 2015 is also worth noting. But, unfortunately, the ICC Test Championship was postponed until 2017 rather than scheduled in 2013 as initially intended.
“Notwithstanding, it has been an exceptional year with Test cricket coming to the fore very strongly. There has been a lot of speculation about its enduring attraction, but we have seen some fascinating Test matches and I think it has well and truly confirmed its place in the hearts and minds of players and fans who continue to enjoy it.”
Lorgat says: “I referred briefly to the Test Championship and my disappointment that we did not agree to 2013 being the inaugural year and instead postponed it to 2017.
“Also, I think the fact that we have not achieved uniformity or consistent application of the Decision Review System (DRS) even though a vast majority of the players would like to have it.
“A major lowlight would be the sentencing of the three Pakistan players after having been found guilty of spot-fixing. It was significant that the independent tribunal banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir from the game for ten, seven and five years, respectively and then later the courts in the United Kingdom finding them guilty of criminal offences and sentencing them to jail terms.”
Looking forward to 2012
Lorgat says: “2012 will start off importantly with the ICC Executive Board meeting at the end of January receiving the Independent Governance Review report from the Right Honourable Lord Woolf of Barnes and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“This is particularly important as we attempt to remodel the ICC governance structures and decision-making processes for the future. I am hopeful that we’ll make some clinical decisions that would help to steer the game well into the future.
“Also next year in June, Mr Sharad Pawar ends his term as the ICC President and Alan Isaac takes over. And there should also be a new Chief Executive once I conclude my term and move on.
“The ICC World Twenty20 2012 will be staged in Sri Lanka and I am confident that we now have the experience and expertise to present another successful event with all the teams looking forward to it.
“The defending champion England will no doubt want to retain their title after having played excellent cricket in the recent past. I am confident that this will be another exciting ICC event.”