ICC executive board to meet on April 4
Mumbai: The ICC executive board will meet here on April 4 to discuss a host of issues, including the new Future Tours Programme, and will also review the ongoing World Cup, which will conclude on Saturday with the final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium.
The board meet follows the ICC chief executives` committee (CEC) meeting which will be held here on Friday.
During the April 4 meeting, both CEC and the executive board will receive preliminary reports on the World Cup which concludes on Saturday 2 April 2011, an ICC statement said.
The CEC will also consider a report from its working group -- comprising David Collier (ECB), Nishantha Ranatunga (Sri Lanka Cricket), N Srinivasan (BCCI), James Sutherland (Cricket Australia) and David Richardson (ICC General Manager, Cricket) with assistance from statistician David Kendix on the mechanics for future bilateral Test and ODI cricket competition between the full member nations.
They will continue to review the new FTP with a view to propose principles that would ensure a sustainable volume of cricket when determining the content of the FTP; enhance the context of bilateral cricket; provide certainty to fans, broadcasters and players as regards scheduling and qualification for ICC events, the statement added.
"There is no doubt that this has been a magnificent and exciting ICC Cricket World Cup and I am hopeful that it will end with a memorable final on Saturday," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.
"The future of 50-over cricket seems assured after this fantastic tournament in which records have tumbled and TV ratings and attendances have exceeded expectations and the final TV audience will exceed one billion.”
"International cricket is fortunate to have three vibrant and viable forms of the game, a unique position in international team sports. If we succeed in developing context and content to the formats - Test, 50-over and T20, I am confident that they will all coexist and in fact prosper long into the future," he reiterated.
Lorgat also praised the "Great Spirit" of the competing teams and the players.
"I must thank all the players who willingly gave time to help with our ThinkWise, Room to Read and Great Spirit initiatives. All have contributed tremendously to raising the profile and awareness around these worthwhile causes."
The executive board and CEC had earlier met in a joint session on February 14 and during April 4`s meeting the board will consider for approval a draft of the ICC strategic plan for 2011-2015.
"The proposed strategy is the product of wide ranging and constructive engagement held with the world`s leading cricket administrators and stakeholders," the chief executive said.
"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," Lorgat added.