ICC unveils 4-point plan to boost game

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2001, 15:53 [IST]
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London: International Cricket Council president Malcolm Gray and chief executive officer Malcolm Speed on Monday outlined the ICC's vision for the future at a special presentation staged at Lord's.
 'ICC - now and for the future', set out a programme for the ICC to develop into a leading world sporting body and contained four major elements committing the ICC to; be transparent and accountable, be innovative, strategic, relevant and commercial, defend and promote its traditions and history - enshrined in the 'spirit of cricket' and pursue a global approach "In recent times sport has witnessed an explosion in growth, commercialisation and the ability to attract vast amounts of money. For cricket to continue to compete, thrive and grow against other sports, the pace of change in the game must now accelerate," Gray said. "The key to this is the ceding of more power to the ICC by individual countries and the introduction of new nations to our cricketing family." "Cricket has for too long been secretive about some parts of its business that should have been made available for all to see. We recognise that as trustees of the game, we fail to be accountable at our peril," Malcolm Speed said speaking about the ICC's commitment to increased transparency and accountability. "From now on the ICC will outline all of its plans in clear terms and will be held accountable for the results," he said. "The Board is being asked to adopt a bold strategic plan containing objectives, strategies and milestones that plot a course for a wide range of cricket activities over the next four years. It is proposed that this plan, if adopted, will become a public document against which the ICC can be measured," he stated. "To help us achieve our objectives and become more proactive and progressive, we will be making a number of appointments to supplement existing staff in the coming months. These appointments will be in the fields of finance, media and communications, coaching, umpiring, refereeing, legal counsel, cricket operations and event management," he added.

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