Dubai: Former India captain Anil Kumble was today re-appointed ICC Cricket Committee chairman for a second term of three years while his one-time team-mate and batting great Rahul Dravid was named member of the top panel.
Kumble, the all-time highest wicket-taker for India, was appointed as the chairman for his first term in 2012 and will now continue to head the panel until 2018.
Meanwhile, another former India captain Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee, adding even more cricketing experience to the list of eminent people already on the panel.
Dravid and Jayawardene have played 1,161 international matches between them from 1996 to 2015, and each has been appointed for a three-year term.
They will attend their first meeting at Lord’s on May 31 and June 1, three weeks before the ICC Annual Conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, the ICC said in a statement.
Dravid has been elected by the current Test captains as current player representatives, replacing former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has completed his final three-year term.
Jayawardene has been appointed as a past player representative and takes over from former Australia captain Mark Taylor, who has also completed his final three-year term.
Former Australia off-spinner and ex-Chief Executive of Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), Tim May, has also been elected by the current Test captains as current player representative, replacing Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who has completed his three-year term.
Richard Kettleborough, three-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has been appointed as umpires’ representative in the committee and replaces Steve Davis, who retired last year.
ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, who also administers the ICC Cricket Committee meeting, said. “I want to thank Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Steve Davis for their significant contribution to this committee.
“I welcome Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardena, Tim May and Richard Kettleborough, and I am confident that these highly credentialed individuals will carry on the good work of their predecessors to make the sport even more competitive and attractive.”
The ICC Cricket Committee is representative of all stakeholders in the modern game, including players, umpires and the media. It is empowered to make recommendations on cricket playing issues to the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) and, if the matter is a policy matter, the ICC Board for approval.
The ICC Cricket Committee Members:
Chairman: Anil Kumble (former India captain)
Ex-Officio: Shashank Manohar (ICC Chairman) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive).
Past Player Representative: Andrew Strauss (former England captain); Mahela Jayawardene (former Sri Lanka captain).
Current Player Representative: Rahul Dravid (former India captain); Tim May (former Australia off-spinner and ex-CEO of FICA).
Full Member Team Coach Representative: Darren Lehmann (Australia coach).
Associate Representative: Kevin O’Brien (Ireland all-rounder).
Women’s Cricket Representative: Clare Connor (former England women’s team captain).
Full Member representative: David White (NZC chief executive)
Media representative: Ravi Shastri (former India captain and a respected commentator)
Umpires’ representative: Richard Kettleborough (member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires)
Referees’ representative: Ranjan Madugalle (ICC chief match referee and former Sri Lanka captain)
MCC representative: John Stephenson (MCC’s Head of Cricket).