ICC Executive Board meeting begins in Dubai

ICC president Sharad Pawar during their Executive Board meeting which began on Tuesday AFP

Dubai: Jan 31, 2012

A two-day high powered meeting of cricket’s governing body which began on Tuesday will consider the nomination of their next vice-president who will take over in two years time.

The Executive Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in their first of four meetings annually, will also be presented with the independent governance review of the ICC by Lord Woolf, the former chief justice of England and Wales.

“The ICC Board will consider the nomination received from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the next ICC vice-president who will succeed Alan Isaac as the ICC president in 2014,” said ICC.

Isaac, from New Zealand, will take over from India’s Sharad Pawar in June this year.

There has been media speculation that Mustafa Kamal’s nomination will be rejected, but the reigning BCB president has shown confidence his nomination will be approved.

The ICC governance review was launched last year.

“In April 2011, the ICC had adopted a new strategic plan which identified the need for an independent governance review as one of the key initiatives to build a bigger, better global game,” said the ICC.

Lord Woolf was appointed to conduct the review in August 2011.

“The governance review is intended to help the ICC s aspiration to be a well governed and leading global sporting organization,” said the ICC.

Following an interim report presented by Lord Woolf during October 2011, the ICC Executive Board will now receive a final report with recommendations, the ICC said.

The scope of the review also includes the nomination and election process of ICC president, currently done on a rotational basis from region to region.

Some member countries had objected to the procedure, saying appointment should be made through open candidature.

The ICC will also consider whether to increase incentives for Test matches, which is in danger from the more popular Twenty20 brand of cricket.

“The ICC Board will consider a proposal to increase incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test match cricket in the period before the ICC Test Championship event in 2017,” the ICC said.

The ICC Test championship originally scheduled for 2013 was last year postponed until 2017. (AFP)