ICC Executive Board discuss Test Championship

(Reuters) The possibility of converting the 2013 Champions Trophy to a Test Championship and its Presidential nomination and election process is on top of agenda at International Cricket Council ICC Executive Board’s fourth and final meeting of the year which began here yesterday.

“At June meeting in Hong Kong, ICC Executive Board had confirmed an Independent Governance Review and later appointed Lord Woolf of Barnes as chairman of review panel.

Lord Woolf, who will be supported by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, will provide a progress report at meeting,” ICC said in a statement.

Also on agenda is, clarifying role and structure of ICC and its committees to ensure that strategic goals are met effectively and that decision-making is made in best interests of the game. Other issues to be tackled at meeting are “ICC President’s nomination and election process. Member categories and criteria for membership, effectiveness of regulatory environment, Constitutional framework and documents to ensure they are fit for purpose.”“It is our clear ambition to be a well managed and leading global governing body. We are fortunate to have secured Lord Woolf to undertake this important review,” Haroon Lorgat, ICC Chief Executive, said.

ICC Executive Board will seek to finalize format of ICC event in 2013. Currently Champions Trophy is scheduled to be held in England in June 2013 but possibility of converting this to a Test Championship will need to be agreed. “Player and public interest in Test match cricket is at an all time high and it would be fitting to stage a Test Championship play-off for top four teams,” Lorgat said. Besides, with a stated zero tolerance approach to anti-corruption and anti-doping, ICC Executive Board had, in November 2010, required all Full Members to implement a domestic Anti-Corruption Code and strengthen anti-corruption measures at a domestic level by 1 April 2011. Board will receive an update on implementation of domestic anti-corruption processes.”ICC and Members are well aware of need to enhance education and preventative measures in this crucial area and know that we can never become complacent,” he said. ICC Board consists of chairman or president from each of 10 Full Members plus three Associate Member representatives.

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