ICC to get tougher on player indiscipline

Published: Friday, October 19, 2001, 23:39 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: The Executive Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to strengthen the power of match referees in a bid to overcome deteriorating standards of player behaviour.
 According to an official ICC press release, some of the major decisions approved at the meeting include: Player Discipline: To combat the deteriorating standards of player behaviour, the Board was unanimous in strengthening the power of match referees and agreed to the principle of a three or four stage disciplinary system, with set penalties for each stage. "Improving on-field discipline is a major priority and the new system will add greatly to the authority and consistency of decision making that we will ask of match referees," confirmed chief executive officer Malcolm Speed. Assuming agreement of the detail at the March Executive Board meeting, it will come into effect from April 2002. One-day International Championship: Following the successful launch of the ICC Test Championship in May this year, the ICC has agreed in principle to the introduction of a One-day International equivalent. This will add context and greater meaning to the One-day game. Several formats and structures are being considered, with a final recommendation to be made to the March Board meeting. ICC Knock-Out: A final decision on the venue for next September's tournament will be made by the end of February 2002. India remains the preferred venue, with Sri Lanka, Australia and the UAE as alternatives. If India does not stage the 2002 event it will be host in 2004, with England confirmed as host nation in 2006. A new structure of four groups of three will be adopted from 2002, together with a name change that will be announced at the tournament launch. ICC Cricket World Cup 2003: The winner of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa will receive approximately $ 2.2 million, from a total prize fund of $ 5 million. The tournament will feature 54 matches spread over 15 locations, 12 in South Africa, two in Zimbabwe and one in Kenya. Implementation of Anti-Corruption Recommendations: A detailed progress report was given for each of the 24 recommendations contained in Lord Condon's Anti-Corruption Unit report. Five regionally based security managers will be employed by the ICC, rather than individual cricket Boards. They will cover series played within their nominated regions of two Test playing countries. Additional recommendations: Creation of ethics committees in national teams, a move unanimously supported by Test match captains. Drafting of sports corruption legislation for presentation to all full member country governments, for consideration as part of each country's legislation. Appointment of an ICC Anti-Corruption Manager to co-ordinate implementation and management of recommendations. Umpires&Referees Panels: An ICC Umpires and Referees Manager is currently being recruited and employment contracts drawn up for appointments to both Umpires and Referees panels. Announcement of appointees will be made by the end of January 2002. ICC Strategic Plan: A five-year strategic plan was approved to act as a blueprint for the fast track development of the ICC into a modern, powerful world governing body. This will include greater financial resources and an anticipated doubling of staff numbers over the next 12 to 18 months. Kenya's Application for Test Status: A three-man delegation compromising Zaheer Abbas, Andy Pycroft and Allan Border will visit Kenya in the near future to review the cricket related aspects of the country's application for Test match status. The meeting also adopted an 'ICC Mission Statement' that captures the aims of the organisation: "As the international governing body for cricket, the ICC will lead by promoting the game as a global sport, protecting the spirit of cricket and optimising commercial opportunities for the benefit of the game."

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