The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) three-day board meeting ended on February 4 with a series of major decisions being taken. Here is a list of all decisions taken at the meeting in Dubai.
A new plan was proposed to prioritise all formats and the new decisions are:
- Two-year Test league for top nine teams while the remaining three Test teams will be guaranteed a consistent and confirmed schedule of Test matches against all other teams.
- A 13-team ODI league over a three-year span which will act as a qualification tournament for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
- Regional T20 competition structure to decide the qualified teams for the ICC World T20.
Implementation of DRS and new decisions on playing conditions:
- ICC’s Chief Executives’ Committee gave the green light of using the DRS on a consistent basis across all formats. ICC’s Cricket Committee will chalk out the implementation plans in May before the approval in June 2017 for roll-out from October 2017.
- Playing conditions for the upcoming Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup were approved. Outcome of a tied match in the semi-finals and the finals would be decided by a super over.
Financial and governance model:
- A revised financial-distribution model was approved to ensure more equitable distribution of revenues which put an end to the imbalance that was created by the Big Three changes of 2014.
- Only two members in the ICC from now on – Full Member and Associate Member as the Affiliate level of Membership has been removed.
- The introduction of an independent female director.
- Votes of all Board Members to have equal value regardless of Membership status.
- All Board Members to be entitled to attend the AGM.
- Afghanistan Cricket Board’s Ahmad Shah Abdali Regional 4-day Tournament was awarded First-Class Status while the Shpageeza T20 League was awarded List A status.
- The Women’s World T20 2020 will run from February 21 to March 8 in Australia.
- The Cricket Executive Committee authorised the ICC management to work on amending the Anti-Corruption Code to allow the use of cell-phone data extraction equipment.
- The Cricket Executive Committee approved to introduce a system of demerit points for pitches and grounds which will fail to meet the standards of hosting an international match. If a venue accumulates five demerit points (each point will remain active for five years once received), the venue will receive a 12-month suspension.
- Introducing an ICC Medical Advisory Committee was approved. The committee will consider and advise on sports medicine and sports science issues.
- BCCI representative Vikram Limaye welcomed as a new director to the ICC.