ICC to discuss 2013 Test championship on Monday

ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said interest in Test match cricket is at an all time high and it would be fitting to stage a Test Championship play-off for the top four teams AFP

Dubai: Oct 9, 2011

The possibility of converting the 2013 Champions Trophy to a Test Championship and its Presidential nomination and election process will top the agenda when the ICC’s Executive Board holds its fourth and final meeting of the year on Monday.

“At the June meeting in Hong Kong, the ICC Executive Board had confirmed an Independent Governance Review and later appointed Lord Woolf of Barnes as chairman of the review panel. Lord Woolf, who will be supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, will attend the meeting to provide a progress report,” the ICC said in a statement.

Also on the agenda would be, clarifying the role and structure of the ICC and its committees to ensure that strategic goals are met effectively and that decision-making is made in the best interests of the game.

Other issues to be tackled at the meeting are “the ICC President nomination and election process. The Member categories and criteria for membership. The effectiveness of the regulatory environment and the Constitutional framework and documents to ensure they are fit for purpose,” the ICC said.

“It is our clear ambition to be a well managed and leading global governing body and we are fortunate to have secured Lord Woolf to undertake this important review,” Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, said.

The ICC Executive Board will seek to finalise the format of the ICC event in 2013. Currently the Champions Trophy is scheduled to be held in England in June 2013 but the possibility of converting this to a Test Championship will need to be agreed.

“Player and public interest in Test match cricket is at an all time high and it would be fitting to stage a Test Championship play-off for the top four teams,” Lorgat said.

Besides, with a stated zero tolerance approach to anti-corruption and anti-doping, the ICC Executive Board had, in November 2010, required all Full Members to implement a domestic Anti-Corruption Code and strengthen anti-corruption measures at a domestic level by 1 April 2011.

The Board will receive an update on the implementation of domestic anti-corruption processes.

“The ICC and Members are well aware of the need to enhance education and preventative measures in this crucial area and know that we can never become complacent,” he said.

The ICC Board consists of the chairman or president from each of the 10 Full Members plus three Associate Member representatives.(PTI)