26 June 200918:06

Results of second day of ICC Board meeting

Pakistan will not host matches in ICC CWC 2011 and Lahore to be removed as tournament's administrative HQ

Results of second day of ICC Board meeting - Cricket News

International Cricket Committee Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat.

ICC Board reaffirms earlier decisions that Pakistan will not host matches in ICC CWC 2011 and Lahore to be removed as tournament's administrative HQ.

ICC CWC 2011 Central Organising Committee asked to meet as soon as possible and recommend to the ICC Board venues within the other three host countries for the 14 matches originally set for Pakistan.

Task team to assist PCB to be established.

ICC U/19 CWC 2010 shifted from Kenya to New Zealand.

Joint strategy session between ICC Board and Chief Executives' Committee.

Thursday saw the second day of the ICC Board meeting at Lord's in London, the third of four Board meetings that take place each year.

Among the items covered were:

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

The ICC President David Morgan reported to the ICC's commercial board (IDI) following recent discussions concerning the issues the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has in relation to the hosting of matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The IDI Board reaffirmed the decisions it took at its previous meetings (17 and 18 April in Dubai), that Pakistan would no longer be a host location for the tournament and that Lahore would be removed as the tournament's administrative headquarters.

The IDI Board considered the issue of the 14 matches originally allocated to Pakistan. It asked the Central Organising Committee (COC) to meet and provide it with a recommendation as to where, within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, those matches should be staged.

ICC President David Morgan said: "The IDI Board reaffirmed its earlier decision that matches in the tournament will not be played in Pakistan and asked the four host countries to come together to determine where the matches originally set to take place in Pakistan should now take place.

"The Central Organising Committee has been asked to come back to the Board as soon as possible with a recommendation, and once the Board has that then it will determine the locations for those matches.

"The Board remains committed to resolve this issue as soon as possible as there is an urgent need to press on with arrangements for the ICC's flagship event, now less than two years away."

The meeting also heard that the PCB had accepted the ICC Board's offer, made at its meeting in Perth in January/February, of a task team to help ensure Pakistan retains its position in international cricket.

The task team will be led by ICC Director Giles Clarke, the Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, and include David Richardson, the ICC General Manager ? Cricket.

The terms of reference, including additional membership of the team, is still the subject to discussion with the Chairman of the PCB and will be confirmed and announced by the ICC in due course.

Mr Morgan said: "We are delighted the PCB has accepted the ICC's offer of assistance as we seek to ensure Pakistan is not isolated as a result of circumstances beyond the control of its cricket administrators.

"We look forward to working with the PCB over the coming months on this issue."

ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2010

The Board received a report on the readiness of Kenya to host the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2010.

It concluded that with only eight months to go before the event, which Cricket Kenya was awarded in 2006, it was unrealistic to expect Kenya to be ready to host given the large amount of work still needing to be done.

It was agreed that New Zealand would be the location for the tournament, subject to the agreement of satisfactory terms.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: "We have been working with Kenya to monitor their progress towards staging the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup for some time, with visits to the locations earmarked for matches and regular reports to the ICC Board.

"Regrettably, the conclusion reached was that the amount of work still to be done to get many of the venues ready was such that retaining Kenya as a host represented too great a risk to the successful staging of the event.

"It is a difficult conclusion to have reached and a regrettable one from the perspectives of both the ICC and Cricket Kenya, but with just eight months to go before the scheduled start, we could not proceed on the basis of hoping that everything would be ready next February.

"The ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup is the highest profile event in the ICC's development calendar. Coverage of the matches is broadcast all around the world and it is a recognised stepping stone for players to graduate to full international level.

"By way of examples, since the latest edition of the tournament, in Malaysia in February/March last year, India's Virat Kohli, Wayne Parnell of South Africa and New Zealand's Tim Southee have all gone on to play for their countries.

"We hope Kenya will be able to stage ICC events in the future and we are grateful to New Zealand Cricket for its offer to stage the tournament. It did so successfully in 2002 and we look forward to it doing so again in 2010."

CEC and ICC Board joint strategy session

Members of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) and the ICC Board came together on Thursday afternoon for their first joint strategy session.

The purpose of the session was to assist the two groups in developing a shared understanding of the challenges and a programme of action to shape the future of international cricket.

This follows the CEC holding its own strategy sessions during meetings in Cape Town (December 2008) and Johannesburg (February 2009).

ICC President David Morgan said: "This was a really useful session bringing together the minds of Presidents, Chairmen and Chief Executives of our Members and the ICC is indebted to Michael Lalor of Ernst and Young in South Africa for having acted as facilitator.

"The session asked the delegates to switch from considering the day-to-day issues and challenges they face and focus instead on the longer term future of our great sport.

"As I stated beforehand, the session was not an end in itself but by focussing on a shared vision I believe it will, without doubt, contribute to effective decision-making by and between our Members."

The week will conclude with the ICC's Annual Conference on Friday 26 June.