Thursday 26 June 2014 

Srinivasan Appointed ICC Chairman

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan, who will now assume chairmanship of the ICC
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N Srinivasan will assume chairmanship of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the Full Council approved amendments to the ICC's Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Srinivasan was nominated for the new top ICC position by the Indian board (BCCI) after constitutional changes, stemming from ICC Board resolutions taken earlier this year.

In line with those resolutions, a new ICC Executive Committee has been formed, which will report to the ICC Board.

Cricket Australia's Wally Edwards will become the first chair of the Executive Committee and the England & Wales Cricket Board's Giles Clarke will continue to chair the ICC's Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F & CA).

Srinivasan said he is honoured to become chairman and promised the ICC will continue to play a leading role in the promotion and development of the sport.

"It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council," he said.

"I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field.

I want to ensure that cricket retains and grows its popularity, and that the ICC plays a leading role in this global growth.

"I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries.

"Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves.

"The ICC is a Members’ organisation and the pathway is now there for any Member to play Test cricket or in the major ICC events if it performs well enough over a sustained period of time."

He also congratuled outgoing ICC President Alan Isaac.

"Mr Isaac has been an inspirational President of the ICC," Srinivasan said.

"He provided guidance to everyone during his two-year term and all three international formats remain incredibly popular.

"The game is unquestionably stronger than it was at the start of his term."

At the Annual Conference where Srinivasan was appointed ICC Chairman, Bangladesh Cricket Board's Mustafa Kamal was named as the 11th ICC President.

"This is a memorable and historic day for Bangladesh cricket," he said.

"On this day 14 years ago, Bangladesh became the 10th Test playing country. Today, a Bangladeshi becomes the 11th President of the International Cricket Council.

"Thank you for bestowing this honour on Bangladesh and me.

"Over the next 12 months, I look forward to working with the ICC Board and ICC Management, and will be delighted to contribute in any way I can.

"In Mr Srinivasan and David Richardson, I have absolute trust and confidence that we have a combination that will not only strengthen our sport, but will also take this great organisation to a new level."

From 2016, the ICC Board will elect the ICC Chairman for a two-year term.

The ICC also confirmed that it sees the USA Cricket Association (USACA) as the ICC's recognised member in the USA.

That comes soon after the rival American Cricket Federation (ACF) issued a strong statement expecting USACA to face suspension and declaring its intention to step into the breach and govern cricket in America.

"The ICC Board confirmed that the USA Cricket Association (USACA) is the ICC’s recognised member in the USA," an ICC statement read.

"The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and ICC management will, however, continue to work with USACA and other interested stakeholders to assist in overcoming some challenges currently facing the governance and development of the game in the USA."

Oman has been admitted as the 38th Associate member of the ICC but Affiliate Membership of Brunei has been suspended and Tonga have been removed as an Affiliate Member.

As a result, there are now 105 ICC members.

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