ICC green signals UDRS, research & Sydney stadium
Dubai: The ICC Board met for the first time at the new ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 10 and 11 February, 2010. The results of that meeting include:
Promotion and context of international cricket
The ICC Board has agreed to conduct urgent product research and analysis as a part of the process which is looking at providing greater context to Test, ODI and Twenty20 International cricket outside the major ICC events.
This research will assist the working party, established by the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and endorsed by the Board, which comprises David Collier (England and Wales Cricket Board), Nishantha Ranatunga (Sri Lanka Cricket), N Srinivasan (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and James Sutherland (Cricket Australia) with David Richardson (ICC General Manager – Cricket).
Integral to the work will be a competitive analysis of other sports and entertainment products as well as further consumer research into product development – in particular day/night Test cricket.
Host interest sought for ICC Champions Trophy 2013
ICC will invite expressions of interest in hosting the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled for May/June 2013. The Board reiterated that this must be a compact competition. The ICC Executive will now approach Members to establish expressions of interest with the desire to complete the process by June 2010.
ICC Cricket Committee
The Board has reappointed Ian Bishop and Mark Taylor to the ICC Cricket Committee as media representatives and also ratified the reappointment of Kumar Sangakkara and Tim May as current player representatives and India’s Gary Kirsten as the representative of national coaches following the recent resignation of Mickey Arthur.
Ireland’s expression of intent to apply for Full or Enhanced Membership of the ICC
Following Cricket Ireland’s expression of intent to apply for Full or Enhanced Membership of the ICC, the Board has approved a three-step process recommended by the Governance Review Committee which begins with a review of categories of Membership.
When that work has been completed and consideration has been given to the process for dealing with applications, Cricket Ireland’s application for Full or Enhanced Membership of the ICC will be formally considered.
Decision Review System
ICC received a report from David Richardson, ICC General Manager – Cricket, on the umpire decision review system in which he stated the system had led to a significant increase in the number of correct decisions. In 13 Test matches the percentage of correct decisions has risen from 91.3 per cent to 97.44 per cent.
The Board supported a desire for work to continue to build on the encouraging results from the first 13 matches and will discuss further technological improvements with broadcasters in March to improve and refine the DRS further.
Security Task Force
Chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Lord Condon presented the seven recommendations of the ICC Security Task Force set-up after the Lahore attack in March 2009. These recommendations, including the requirement of every Full Member to appoint a designated full-time security manager and also the establishment of minimum standards and best practice guidelines for safety and security, were unanimously accepted by the Board.
It was welcomed that all Full Members had already either appointed or were in the process of appointing a full-time security manager and that all the other recommendations were either already in place or in the process of being implemented.
Meanwhile, the ICC Board also received reports from the Pakistan Task Force and thanked other Full Members who had agreed to host matches for Pakistan.
After the success of the ICC World Twenty20 in England and the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa in 2009, the Board was encouraged to receive positive progress reports on the ICC World Twenty20 2010 to be held in the West Indies from 30 April to 16 May and the success of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates. The Board also received extremely positive reports on the progress and planning for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – the ICC flagship event.
The Board considered the option of re-locating to Lord’s but felt it important to continue its comprehensive and ongoing due diligence before reaching any decisions.
Sydney stadium granted international status
Following a recommendation from the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee, the ICC Board has approved the ANZ Stadium in Sydney as an international venue.
The Board congratulated all those who had been involved in the ICC Centenary celebrations and praised the lasting legacy projects particularly the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which has already inducted 60 members, and the THINK WISE initiative which raises the awareness of the AIDS epidemic, addresses stigma and discrimination around AIDS and encourages informed decision-making and help-seeking behavior to prevent the spread of infection.
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.
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