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PCB, WICB chiefs get key positions

Calcutta: Pakistan and West Indies cricket board chiefs, Najam Sethi and David Cameron, have been elected to the all-powerful ICC Executive Committee, which will include new ICC chairman N. Srinivasan.

The ICC Executive Committee will be chaired by Australia’s Wally Edwards and will also have England’s Giles Clarke. The duo’s election was approved by the ICC Board, under the chairmanship of Srinivasan, during the ICC annual conference weekend in Melbourne.

India, England and Australia have permanent representatives on the five-member committee, while the other two members will be elected from the ICC board on an annual basis. David Richardson, who received a two-year contract extension as ICC chief executive, will be an ex-officio member of the committee.

The ICC Board noted the significant progress made on the Future Tours Programme that has been extended through to 2023.

The following are the other decisions:

The ICC Board agreed to give T20I status to the Netherlands and Nepal, both of which qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014. This means there are now eight associate sides with T20I status.

On integrity issues, the ICC Board received the annual anti-corruption report from Ronnie Flanagan, the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chairman. The ICC Board discussed and agreed on the Terms of Reference for a review of anti-corruption processes and resources at both international and domestic level. The review group will be chaired by Richardson and will also include ECB chief executive David Collier, BCCI representative Sundar Raman, CA’s James Sutherland and an independent expert.

The ICC Board noted with concern the number of bowlers with suspected illegal bowling actions currently playing cricket and noted the recommendations of the ICC Cricket Committee and the CEC to revise processes to encourage umpires and referees to identify suspect bowlers with greater confidence.

The ICC Board also concurred with the view that international venues must be set up to their maximum possible boundary dimensions, as per the playing conditions.