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Sourav Ganguly will be replacing Anil Kumble as the Chairman of ICC's Cricket Committee
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the Chairman of ICC's Cricket Committee, the governing body confirmed on Wednesday (November 17). Ganguly will be replacing his former India teammate Anil Kumble, who has served the maximum of three, three-year terms after being appointed in 2012.
“I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men's Cricket Committee,” ICC Chairman Greg Barclay said. “His experience as one of the world's best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward. I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions.”
The ICC Board took a number of key decisions on Tuesday with the most important one being the formation of a Working Group to review the status of cricket in Afghanistan after the recent governmental change. Ever since the Taliban's takeover, there have been concerns regarding the future of the sport in Afghanistan – especially women's cricket. The development recently led to Cricket Australia postponing their historic one-off Test against the Asian side.
Imran Khwaja has been named Chairman of this Group that includes Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja. “The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men's and women's cricket moving forward,” Barclay said. “We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our Member in its efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government.
“Cricket is fortunate to be in the position to influence positive change in Afghanistan with the national men's team a source of great pride and unity in a country with a young population that has experienced more upheaval and change than most. We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB but will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any decisions accordingly.”
The Board also decided to stick to the existing format of the World Test Championship where nine teams play over a period of two years with the top two facing off in a final. With the number of participating teams in the ODI World Cup increased to 14 again for the 2027 edition, the ICC has decided that the top 10 teams in the rankings at a predetermined cutoff date will qualify automatically for the tournament. The rest of the slots will be determined via a qualifier.
The Board approved the appointment of Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies, to the ICC Women's Cricket Committee. Going forward, first-class status and List A classification will be applied to women's cricket as well, according to the ICC.