ICC committee to ponder over crammed calendar

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Volume of international cricket, ball tampering, and role of TV umpire will dominate discussions at a two-day meeting of newly constituted ICC Cricket Committee which begins here today.

The 13-member committee to be chaired by former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will also debate on such matters as ODI playing conditions and the use of glue on pitches.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, former Australia captain Mark Taylor, former West Indies fast bowlers Michael Holding and Ian Bishop, ICC umpire Simon Taufel, ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, FICA, CEO Tim May, SLC CEO Duleep Mendis, former Scotland captain Craig Wright, MCC CEO Keith Bradshaw and ICC statistician David Kendix are the other members of the committee.

The new committee was designed to have representatives of all interests in the game and replaces the previous committee which was made up of the nominated representatives from each of the Full Members (Boards and players) and leading Associates, an ICC statement said.

The much-debated issue of the volume of cricket is likely to dominate the two-day meeting of the newly constituted ICC Cricket Committee.

The committee will consider the amount of international cricket being played and the effect on the standard and quality of cricket besides the players burnout issue.

Regarding ball tampering, last November's ICC Board meeting in Mumbai had asked the ICC Cricket Committee to review the Law as it relates to ball tampering. This followed the events at the Test match in August, 2006 at The Oval when the umpires awarded the match to England on the grounds of Pakistan's refusal to play after it was accused of ball tampering.

The committee has been asked to consider whether action should be taken against the captain and person/s responsible for ball tampering or whether it is necessary to legislate to make it compulsory for umpires to first warn a captain before taking action; and whether any amendments are required to the definition of ball tampering as contained in the Laws or to the guidelines relating to this offence as set out in the ICC Code of Conduct.

On ODI playing conditions, the committee will discuss a range of issues including power-plays; over-rates; ball changes; a free-hit for batsmen following a front-foot no-ball; and the size of boundaries.

Another controversial issue to be discussed will be about the use of glue on pitches. Following its use in England, New Zealand and India, the committee has been asked to discuss the principle of using adhesives in the preparation of pitches.

It has also been asked to determine a policy concerning its use for international matches.

The committee will also discuss whether to amend the current regulations regarding the referrals to TV umpire, which allow on-field umpires to consult the TV officials on the subject of clean catches only if they are unsighted.

Any such amendment would allow the on-field umpires to consult with the TV umpire on decisions relating to any such catches they were unsure about and also allow the TV umpire to initiate contact.

The committee will also be asked to consider whether it should recommend trialing the use of player appeals to the TV umpire at this year's ICC Twenty20 World Championships if such a system, currently being trialed in UK domestic one-day cricket, proves successful.

As regards the much debated question of the volume of international cricket, the committee will consider its effect on the standard and quality of cricket played.

Any recommendations made by the ICC Cricket Committee then go forward to the Chief Executives' Committee for approval. If that approval is forthcoming then the decisions can be ratified at the ICC Board meeting with both meetings set for London next month.

The ICC Board, which previously approved the recommendation of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) to amend the structure of the ICC Cricket Committee, approved the personnel set to sit on it at its meeting in Cape Town in March.

The remit of the ICC Cricket Committee is to discuss and consult on any cricket-playing matters and to formulate recommendations to the CEC which relate to cricket-playing matters.


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