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Strauss on ICC panel

Calcutta: Andrew Strauss, who was the England Test captain even a couple of months back, now has an ICC job to stay associated with International cricket.

Strauss, who had retired from International cricket following England’s Test series loss against South Africa, was unanimously supported by the ICC Board to replace former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop as a former players’ representative in the apex body’s Cricket Committee.

The decision was taken at the Board’s meeting, which concluded on Thursday in Colombo.

The Board also agreed unanimously to appoint former India captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of the t Committee.

Furthermore, it was agreed to extend the terms of both Mark Taylor (representing former players) and David Kendix (statisticans) for a further term.

Bishop had indicated that he was not seeking an extension to his term.

Among the other decisions taken at the meeting, the ICC introduced a Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) fund of $12million, in January 2012, to help develop more competitive teams at the highest level. The focus will be on the lower ranked Full Members and higher ranked Associate/Affiliate Members.

The Board had previously received applications and made awards to Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland at their June meeting.