In the history of cricket, for the first time a Singaporean has been elected as the vice president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) which recently founded a new office in Colombo.
Former Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) president Imran Hamid earned a two-year term at the ACC’s annual general meeting in Colombo last Sunday.
“Given that Asian Cricket is the dynamo that churns international cricket both on and off the field, it is a great honour for Singapore and myself to be appointed the vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council,” said the 59-year-old lawyer.
One of the Imran’s top priorities in his new role is to negotiate with international cricket associations to push for the sports’ inclusion in the Olympics.
According to Imran, about 80 to 90 percent of association members are keen to see cricket make it into the Olympic arena.
Discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are ongoing, and Imran is optimistic that the bowlers and batsmen will make their debut in the 2024 Olympics, with the game to be played in the faster and abbreviated Twenty 20 format.
Imran’s appoint gives Singapore an international profile in cricket-administratively we are at a very high level.
However, this is not the first Imran Hamid has at on the board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2008, and was just re-elected for another two-year term as associate member director last month.
“(The appointment) gives Singapore an international profile in cricket – administratively we are at a very high level,” he told The Straits Times.
“It also gives me the opportunity to promote a game in which I have a belief is a gentleman’s sport.”