N.Srinivasan has been confirmed as the ICC’s first chairman after the new constitutional changes to the governing body which were passed at the lastest annual conference held in Melbourne on Thursday. Srinivasan will be taking up the charge following the conclusion of the ICC Annual Conference week.
The smooth passage of the changes headed by the “Big Three” of India, England and Australia had been expected after a set of broad resolutions were approved by Full Member nations earlier this year which was named ICC Revamp.
Earlier, Srinivasan had been barred from his role as BCCI president due to India Supreme court held investigation into IPL corruption but had spent the preceding two days, with Australia’s Wally Edwards and England’s Giles Clarke, explaining the new landscape to delegates, including Associate and Affiliate members.
On his confirmation as ICC Chairman, Srinivasan said about the main steps he will be taking with his power.
“It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council,” said Mr Srinivasan, “I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field. I want to ensure that cricket retains and grows its popularity, and that the ICC plays a leading role in this global growth.“
“I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries. Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves.“
“The ICC is a Members’ organisation and the pathway is now there for any Member to play Test cricket or in the major ICC events if it performs well enough over a sustained period of time.“
Srinivasan congratulated outgoing ICC President Alan Isaac for his contribution to Cricket.
“Mr Isaac has been an inspirational President of the ICC. He provided guidance to everyone during his two-year term and all three international formats remain incredibly popular. The game is unquestionably stronger than it was at the start of his term,” said Srinivasan.
The Annual Conference also saw Mustafa Kamal becoming the 11th president of the ICC.
Kamal said, “This is a memorable and historic day for Bangladesh cricket. On this day 14 years ago, Bangladesh became the 10th Test playing country. Today, a Bangladeshi becomes the 11th President** of the International Cricket Council. Thank you for bestowing this honour on Bangladesh and me.“
“Over the next 12 months, I look forward to working with the ICC Board and ICC Management, and will be delighted to contribute in any way I can. In Mr Srinivasan and David Richardson, I have absolute trust and confidence that we have a combination that will not only strengthen our sport, but will also take this great organisation to a new level.“
From 2016, the ICC Board, which will continue to be the primary decision-making body, will elect the ICC Chairman for a two-year term.