BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan becomes first ICC chairman
President-in-exile N Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first
Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp
of the body's administrative structure.
The full council
approved the amendments to the ICC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association at
the Annual Conference, here. As was widely known before the conference,
Srinivasan was elected the Chairman despite being barred by the Supreme Court
of India from carrying out his duties as BCCI President due to ongoing
investigations into the match-fixing allegations relating to the 2013 edition
of the IPL.
However, after the
Apex court refused to stop his nomination to the ICC position, decks were
cleared for his anointment to the newly-created post. The revamp will also hand
major executive decision-making authority to the 'Big Three' of the game -
India, Australia and England.
“It is an honour to
be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council. I will leave
no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our
sport, both on and off the field,” Srinivasan said in a statement issued by the
“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,” he added. Srinivasan congratulated
outgoing ICC President Alan Isaac for his contribution.
“Mr Isaac has been
an inspirational president of the ICC. 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," said Srinivasan.
The approval of the
constitutional changes, which flowed from an ICC Board resolution taken in Singapore
on February 8 and finalised on April 10, also means that a new Executive
Committee was formed, which will report to the ICC Board.