Decisions on ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 playing conditions, player behaviour and safety and much more
The ICC Board held its first meeting of 2015 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 28 January. Among the decisions made and reports received were:
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 playing conditions
The ICC Board reinstated the use of a Super Over in the event of a tie in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final. This now replicates the arrangements for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final and other recent ICC events where a winner will be determined on the day of the final (weather permitting), and a Super Over was the most credible way to separate the two sides.
The ICC Board also approved a change to the application of ICC Code of Conduct offences relating to slow over-rates in ICC events so that captains do not carry any prior minor over-rate offence ‘strikes’ or over-rate suspensions from other series into an ICC event.
This approval means all captains will enter the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with no over-rate ‘strikes’ against their names, and they will only be suspended from playing in an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match if over-rate offences are committed during the event.
Any over-rate ‘strikes’ incurred prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be carried forward to the first bilateral series after the event.
Player behaviour and safety
The ICC Board reiterated its support for the umpires clamping down on poor player behaviour, particularly leading into and during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
The Board considered issues around player safety following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes during a first-class match, and was briefed on the ICC-supported research project to improve the safety of cricket helmets which has recently resulted in a new British Safety Standard being introduced.
It was noted that helmet manufacturers have now introduced a number of new helmet models that comply with the updated British Standard, and that an increasing number of international players have been choosing to wear the helmet models that comply with this new safety standard.
Schedule of ICC Events 2015-2019
The ICC Board received an update on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and approved the dates of the ICC Events through to 2019. These are:
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015
Ireland / Scotland
6-26 July 2015
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016
22 January-14 February 2016
ICC World Twenty20 2016
11 March-3 April 2016
ICC Champions Trophy 2017
1 June-19 June 2017
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017
4 August-27 August 2017
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018
12 January-4 February 2018
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018
1 March-4 April 2018
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018
2 November-25 November 2018
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
30 May-15 July 2019
The ACSU Chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board, has exercised his discretion to allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect. Amir’s five-year ban is scheduled to expire on 2 September 2015. The ACSU Chairman had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he was satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU by fully disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification, admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the Unit’s ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the ACSU education sessions.
The ICC Board noted that since the last meeting the Full Council had, by circular resolution, approved the proposed changes to the ICC’s Membership Criteria, which relaxed the obligation that an ICC Member must be the ‘sole’ governing body in a particular jurisdiction, whilst enforcing that the ICC will only recognise one governing body in any one territory.
The ICC Board also discussed a range of matters regarding the USA Cricket Association (USACA), and decided to issue a letter to USACA requesting certain information be provided about its continued compliance with the ICC’s constitution and membership criteria.
The ICC Board received the annual anti-doping report and was pleased to note a 17 per cent increase in drug testing in the year 2014. Of the 1,210 drug tests conducted across domestic and international cricket in the year 2014, none resulted in any violation. While two violations were reported in 2014, these resulted from domestic tests conducted in late 2013.
The ICC Board consists of the nominated representatives of each of the 10 Full Members plus three elected Associate Member representatives. The meeting is chaired by Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Also present are the ICC President and the ICC Chief Executive.
ICC Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC President Mustafa Kamal
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson
Australia Wally Edwards
Bangladesh Mahbubul Anam*
England Giles Clarke
India Narayanaswami Srinivasan
New Zealand Greg Barclay
Pakistan Shaharyar M. Khan
South Africa Chris Nenzani
Sri Lanka Jayantha Dharmadasa
West Indies Dave Cameron
Zimbabwe Wilson Manase
Associate Member Director (Bermuda) Neil Speight
Associate Member Director (Namibia) Francois Erasmus
Associate Member Director (Singapore) Imran Khawaja
*Alternate to Nazmul Hassan
The CEC comprises the Chief Executives of the 10 Full Members as well as three Associate Member representatives. Also present is the ICC Chief Executive who chairs the meeting, and, by invitation, the ICC Chairman, the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee and the Chair of the ICC Women’s Committee.
ICC Chief Executive (Chairman) David Richardson
ICC Chairman (ex Officio) Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC Cricket Committee Chairman (ex Officio) Anil Kumble
Australia Wally Edwards*
Bangladesh Nizam Uddin Chowdhury
England Tom Harrison
India Sanjay Patel
New Zealand David White
Pakistan Subhan Ahmed
South Africa Haroon Lorgat
Sri Lanka Nishantha Ranatunga
West Indies Michael Muirhead
Zimbabwe Wilfred Mukondiwa
Associate Member Representative John Cribbin
Associate Member Representative Warren Deutrom
Associate Member Representative David East
*alternate to James Sutherland
Clare Connor (Chair Women’s Committee)