New system for ICC Presidency
CRICKET: A Sri Lankan candidate could soon become the President of
the International Cricket Council following a recommendation made by the
ICC’s Governance Review Committee and agreed by the ICC Annual
Conference in London.
The Nominations Committee will be disbanded and a new system in
selecting future ICC President’s will come into effect. This will be an
improved rotation system which was previously employed.
The rotation will take place between six groups/regions namely
England/West Indies, India/Sri Lanka, Australia/New Zealand,
Pakistan/Bangladesh, South Africa/Zimbabwe and the
The rotation policy has already brought in a succession of high
quality Presidents of the ICC in the past and the stability and this new
arrangement will allow the ICC to move forward and make this a strong
sport even stronger.
Meanwhile the two candidates originally nominated to take over as
President in 2008, David Morgan of England and Sharad Pawar of India,
will follow each other in the role once the current President Ray Mali
steps down in June 2008.
Morgan will serve as ICC President from 2008 to 2010 and Pawar will
serve from 2010 to 2012. In the meantime Morgan will become ICC
President Elect and Pawar will become Vice-President. When Morgan
becomes President, Pawar will become President Elect as well as
Meanwhile in a major change in the playing conditions of one day
internationals announced in London a batsman will now get a free hit off
the delivery bowled after a front foot no ball from a bowler. The
batsmen cannot be dismissed on this ball.
This new rule and several other new changes in the playing conditions
of ODIs approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC) at its
annual meetings will come into effect from October 1. This is the first
time in the history of the game that a batsman could not be dismissed of
any kind of delivery.
Among the other changes will be a mandatory change of the ball after
35 overs in each innings of an ODI.
The replacement will be a clean used ball. Another change approved by
the ICC board of directors were an additional fielder will be allowed
outside the fielding circle during the second or third power play in an