• 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.
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