Sourav Ganguly gets big responsibility in ICC, will replace Anil Kumble as Chairman of Cricket Committee

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was on Wednesday appointed as the chairman of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee. The decision was taken at the International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Dubai.

Ganguly will replace his former teammate and India captain Anil Kumble, who stepped down after completing his nine-year tenure. ICC President Greg Barkley said, “I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. His experience as one of the best players in the world and later as an administrator will help us move forward and guide cricket decisions in the right direction. I would also like to thank Anil. His outstanding leadership over the past nine years has helped us improve the international game, which includes identifying DRS and suspect bowling action.

The ICC Board also approved the continuation of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC). The tournament will be held between nine teams for two years with a final between the top two teams. The Board has also accepted a recommendation by the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) to extend the ICC Cricket World Cup’s 14-team event to 2027. There are certain qualifications for this event, in which the top 10 teams of the ODI rankings will qualify directly. At the same time, other teams will have to make it to the tournament through the qualifier round.

Simultaneously, the board also allowed first-class status to be applied to women’s cricket along with the men’s game. At the same time, in the coming times, the ICC Women’s Committee will be known as the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee and all decisions related to women’s cricket will be handed over to the CEC. Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave has been appointed to the ICC Women’s Cricket Committee.

According to Barclay, “This has been an important decision of the Board meetings and I would like to thank my fellow Board Directors for visiting Dubai.” This is our face-to-face meeting after more than two years. International travel is not easy in the Corona pandemic, but we have taken important decisions sitting in the same room.


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