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SA's Richardson new ICC CEO

2012-06-28 10:03

Kuala Lumpur - Cricket's world body inaugurated a new chief executive and president on Thursday and announced a new post of chairperson in a small step towards reform after the sport was urged to modernise.

Former South African keeper David Richardson succeeded Haroon Lorgat as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) chief executive, after his compatriot's four-year term ended, and New Zealander Alan Isaac became the body's new president.

"We take over the game in extremely good health but obviously lots of challenges," Isaac, the former chairperson of New Zealand Cricket, told a press conference.

The ICC was forced into an embarrassing U-turn this week after its chief executives recommended mandatory use of decision review technology, only for the move to be rejected by its India-dominated board.

The body also made only slow progress towards wide-ranging structural reforms urged by an independent review, which damningly called it a "members' club" skewed towards cricket's leading nations.

The new post of chairperson, and reducing the presidency to a ceremonial role in 2014, were recommended in the review. But more contentious talks on changing the board's structure and membership rules were put aside.

Mandatory decision review technology and internal reforms are strongly opposed by India, which provides the bulk of cricket's revenues due to its huge fan base - and wields corresponding influence on the all-powerful board.

Cricket is also trying to recover from damaging spot-fixing scandals which left four players in jail, and rationalise its three competing formats in a crowded international calendar.


AFP

Comments
  • Richard - 2012-06-28 10:30

    Hard work, dedication, integrity. Well done Dave Richardson.

  • thyspelser - 2012-06-28 11:20

    ICC run by the ICB? The Bookies are in control of the "powerful" ICB? Pure democrecy...1 Country veto the rest of the cricket test playing nations in using technology! Come on Dave show them!

  • paul.maarman - 2012-06-28 11:32

    Good one Mr Richardson, Congrats!

  • Sabiha - 2012-06-28 11:38

    make me feel proudly south african!! thank god Ceo is not an indian for more corruption or an aussie with their ego. Well done Dave!! - i remember the good old days caught richardson bowled donald.

  • Geoff - 2012-06-28 11:39

    Well done Dave now all you have to do to make a success is to reduce the Indian control of the board and bring in the DRS. The two are linked. What about everyone refusing to play India in India unless they have DRS. This will reduce the financial hold that the BCCI has over the ICC. Most nations refuse to play Pakistan in Pakistan for terror reasons so ......and nearly all international cricketers, and even some in India, want the DRS so boycott (excuse the pun) the problem.

  • walter.o.latham - 2012-06-28 11:51

    Another feather in the cap for SA cricket after it's recent turmoils! The game has to be cleaned up. Richardson, a lawyer, will be of great benefit to the game. It's just a pity that the sub-continent will not agree to the decision review technology. Perhaps the stats will show that umpiring decisions have favoured them over the years, especially with "home games". Hmmmmmmmmm!

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