Sourav Ganguly as Chairman of ICC Men’s Cricket Committee: All About ICC Board Meeting 

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday has been appointed as the chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee. Ganguly, the former India captain, succeeds his former team-mate and India captain Anil Kumble, who stepped down after having served a maximum of three three-year terms. The decision was taken at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board Meeting in Dubai on Tuesday.

“I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee. His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward. I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions,” said ICC chairman Greg Barclay.

The ICC Board also approved that first-class status and list A classification will be applied to women’s cricket to align with the men’s game and applied retrospectively. Going forward the ICC Women’s Committee will be known as the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee and will assume all decision-making responsibility for women’s cricket reporting directly to the CEC.

Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies has been appointed to the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee.

“This has been an extremely productive set of Board meetings and I’d like to thank my fellow Board Directors for their efforts in travelling to Dubai to enable us to enjoy our first face to face meeting in more than two years. International travel is not easy in COVID times, but we have achieved a significant amount by being in the same room,” Barclay added.

The function of the ICC technical committee is to oversee the playing conditions and regulations of the game.

World Test Championship 

Meanwhile, the ICC approved the continuation of the World Test Championship in its current form of a nine-team league over a two-year period with a final between the top two teams at the conclusion.

Following the expansion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to a 14-team event in the next cycle 2027, the Board accepted a recommendation from the Chief Executives’ Committee that the primary avenue for qualification for the event is based on rankings at a pre-determined cutoff date with the 10 highest-ranked teams on the men’s ODI Rankings qualifying automatically, and the remainder being determined through a global qualifier.

Cricket of Afghanistan 

Further, the ICC Board established a Working Group to review the status of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and cricket in the war-ravaged country in light of the government takeover by terrorist outfit Taliban.

The group comprises Imran Khwaja (Chairman), Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja and will report back to the Board over the coming months.

Barclay said: “The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan cricket to develop both men’s and women’s cricket moving forward. We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our member in its efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government.” 

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