The International Cricket Committee (ICC) Board unanimously agreed to appoint Anil Kumble, the former India captain, as the new chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. Kumble, 41, took 619 wickets in Test matches and 337 wickets in One-Day Internationals. He is currently the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), headquartered in Bangalore.
Kumble will succeed Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain.
“It’s a prestigious committee and India has had its representation (Sunil Gavaskar) in the past. It’s definitely an honour to head such a committee and I am looking forward to it,” said Kumble.
When asked about his other responsibilities, including being the President of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), and how he will manage his time and priorities, Kumble said, “It’s a bit premature to talk about my priorities. I have just come to know about my appointment. I am given to understand that there are two or three mandatory meetings that we have to hold every year. That shouldn’t be such a big issue.”
Speaking after the announcement, Alan Isaac, the ICC President, said, “In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator with Karnataka State Cricket Association as well. I am sure that he will carry on Clive’s good work and bring contemporary thinking to the committee and both understand clearly the issues facing the modern game.”
In another decision, Andrew Strauss, the former England captain who retired in August 2012, replaced Ian Bishop on the committee representing former players. Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, was not seeking an extension of his term. Strauss will join Mark Taylor (representing former players), whose term was extended.
Isaac also thanked Lloyd and Bishop for their work on the ICC Board. “I would like to thank Clive Lloyd for his chairmanship of the ICC Cricket Committee and to his tireless contribution to the game. The ICC Board were united in their admiration for his work as chairman. We also thank Ian Bishop for his contribution during his term as well,” said Isaac.
In other decisions, the ICC announced monetary help for Netherlands, Zimbabwe, and West Indies under the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) fund of $US12m introduced in January 2012 to help develop more competitive teams at the highest level by targeting the lower ranked Full Members and higher ranked Associate/Affiliate Members for assistance.
The Board had previously received applications and made awards to Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland at their June meeting. Netherlands and Zimbabwe will receive $US 1.5m each, while West Indies will get $US 3m. Cricket Canada had also made an application but were asked to resubmit next year.
The ICC Board was also informed that all ten full members have now implemented the domestic anti-corruption and anti-doping codes.