ICC Executive Board meets in Mumbai

The ICC Executive Board met at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai on 4 April 2011, which meeting followed the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting on 1 April 2011.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

The ICC Executive Board congratulated India on their success in the ICC Cricket World Cup and thanked the hosts and the ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and his staff for their tireless and impressive work to ensure the success of the tournament. President Sharad Pawar said: ?This ICC Cricket World Cup has been very successful and memorable. Whatever we achieved was due to the full support of the governments of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India and in particular I would place on record our gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rakapakse who are ardent followers of our Great Sport.

‘It is also my duty as ICC President and Chairman of the Central Organising Committee to place on record the great work done by the organizing committees of the three host countries led by their Boards and their chairmen Mustafa Kamal, DS de Silva and Shashank Manohar who worked to stage the flagship event of the ICC. I would like to congratulate all the participating teams, officials, match referees and umpires, tournament directors, members of the organizing committees, state associations and ICC staff who worked night and day to ensure that the event was the most successful in history.

‘The tournament reinforced the attraction of 50 over cricket and showed the enthusiasm and excitement generated by nation v nation cricket. There is no doubt that this event has been a great advertisement for ODI cricket. I would like to congratulate both the Indian team and the Sri Lankan team for a befitting final match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai which was played in the best of spirits and provided great entertainment to millions following the game the world over,’ he concluded.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 achievements

  • Improved infrastructure at various stadia, some of which now rival some of the best facilities in the world;
  • Response and support of the cricket-loving public even in the matches where the host countries were not playing which has meant the ICC target of 75% attendance has been exceeded.
  • Viewership and TRP ratings including the coverage in the electronic and print media were enormous with the matches between India and England, Australia, Pakistan and undoubtedly Sri Lanka successively becoming the most watched cricket games in history. The viewing figures are being calculated in hundreds of millions.
  • Support of all the global and local sponsors who themselves have gained great exposure from their association with the event;
  • Financially the tournament has been an outstanding success.
  • ICC leadership led by Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and his team who have worked very hard to make this event a success which has contributed to the improved image of the game.
  • The quality of cricket was exceptional.

The ICC Executive Board has agreed to donate $1m from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to New Zealand Cricket to allow them to re-establish their offices after their original premises were destroyed in the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Meanwhile the ICC Executive Board agreed to a review of the process of the sale, allocation and distribution of tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, particularly tickets which found their way on the black market.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

The Executive Board confirmed their decision made in October 2010 that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and the ICC Cricket World Cup in England in 2019 will be a 10-team event. The Board agreed that the 2015 World Cup will comprise the existing 10 Full Members, however, they gave notice to all Full Members that participation in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be determined on the basis of qualification. It was also agreed that post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 there will be promotion and relegation introduced in the ODI League.

The Board had also decided in October 2010 that the ICC World Twenty20 will comprise 16 teams. This would allow six Associates or Affiliates the opportunity to participate in an ICC Global event every two years.

Governance

The ICC Executive Board will propose certain changes to the ICC Constitution at its Annual Conference 2011 in Hong Kong, applicable from July 2012, designed to prevent undue interference by Governments in the administration of cricket in Member countries, including but not limited to interference in operational matters, the selection and management of teams, the appointment of coaches or support personnel or the activities of a Member.

Strategic plan

The ICC Strategic Plan 2011-15 has been approved by the Board. The plan seeks to lead world cricket by providing a world class environment for international cricket; delivering major events across all three formats (Test, 50 over and T20); providing targeted support to members and promoting the global game.

Haroon Lorgat said: ‘The strategy is the product of wide ranging and constructive engagement held with the world’s leading cricket administrators and stakeholders. The plan covers a range of strategic topics from the role of the ICC, governance, promotion and protection of the three forms of the game, competition and meritocratic pathways as well as targeted investment.

‘The targeted funding for Members will be used to protect the game and its integrity; provide a platform for success and also focus on growth and improvement of playing standards.’

ACSU review

An internationally renowned company has been appointed to review the operations of the ICC Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) as part of the learnings following the Pakistan spot-fixing allegations, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the ACSU chairman, reported that the initial recommendations following this review will be presented to the Board in June.

Cricket Committee

Steve Davis has been appointed, following a recommendation from the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee, as the Umpires Representative on the ICC Cricket Committee. He replaces Simon Taufel who has decided to focus more on his umpiring duties. Steve Davis has been an international umpire since 1992 and has stood in more than 104 ODIs, including the ICC Cricket World Cup semi final in Colombo between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, as well as 34 Test matches and 14 Twenty20 internationals.

The ICC Board consists of the chairman or president from each of the 10 Full Members plus three Associate Member representatives. Also present at ICC Board meetings is the ICC President, who chairs proceedings, the ICC Chief Executive and the ICC Vice-President, as well as, by invitation of the President, the ICC Principal Advisor.

Sharad Pawar – ICC President

Alan Isaac – ICC Vice-President

Haroon Lorgat – ICC Chief Executive

Subhan Ahmed – Pakistan (alternate for Ijaz Butt)

Peter Chingoka – Zimbabwe

Giles Clarke – England and Wales

Jack Clarke – Australia

Dr Julian Hunte – West Indies

Mustafa Kamal – Bangladesh

Imran Khwaja – Associate Member Representative

Chris Moller – New Zealand

Keith Oliver – Associate Member Representative

Mustafa Kamal – Bangladesh

Shashank Manohar – India

Abdul Kader Khan – South Africa

DS de Silva – Sri Lanka

Neil Speight – Associate Member Representative

Apologies

Ijaz Butt – Pakistan

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