The ICC Annual Conference 2013 concluded in London on Saturday with the ICC and IDI Board meetings. Some of the key decisions taken included:
ICC global events from 2015-2023
The IDI Board confirmed that the ICC World Test Championship will be staged in 2017 and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will host the inaugural event in June/July 2017, while the second edition will be held in India in February/March 2021.
In addition to this, between 2015 and 2023, the ICC will stage 18 events, including two ICC Cricket World Cups, two ICC World Test Championships, two ICC World Twenty20 events, three ICC Women’s World Cups, three ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, two ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and four qualifying tournaments.
Subject to finalising relevant agreements with Members, the ICC major global events for the period 2016-2023 are:
ICC World Twenty20 2016 – BCCI
ICC World Test Championship 2017 – ECB
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – ECB
ICC World Twenty20 2020 – Cricket Australia
ICC World Test Championship 2021 – BCCI
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – BCCI
The ICC qualifying events for the period 2015-2023 are:
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 – Cricket Ireland/Cricket Scotland
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 – BCB
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2019 – Tender
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022 – Zimbabwe Cricket
Other ICC events for the period 2016-2023 are:
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 – BCB
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 – ECB
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 – NZC
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 – WICB
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 – CSA
ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 – NZC
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 – WICB
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2022 – CSA
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We are delighted to confirm the exciting schedule of events through to 2023.
“The ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all. However, the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats over a four-year cycle is a good one and, as such, the ICC Board has agreed to replace the Champions Trophy with the ICC World Test Championship. Now that the ICC World Test Championship has been confirmed, we’ll work on the playing conditions and qualification criteria, and will submit these to the ICC Board for approval in due course.”
Context for international cricket
The ICC Board supported the strategy of ensuring an optimum balance between the three formats of the game - especially Test cricket - and approved the recommendation that the Full Members should play a minimum of 16 Tests in each four-year cycle.
In order to ensure that all ODIs played over the four-year cycle between ICC Cricket World Cups count towards a team’s ranking, the ICC Board agreed to change the ODI rankings period from three years to four years.
For the sake of consistency, the ICC Board also agreed to change the calculation of the T20 rankings to cover the same period.
It was also agreed to change the date of the annual ICC Rankings update to 1 May of each year rather than 1 August, acknowledging that the beginning of May provided a more logical break in the international season.
All the changes will be backdated to 1 May 2013.
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Bangladesh
The IDI Board reviewed an inspection report by the ICC Venue Consultant on the venues for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 and expressed its concern regarding the progress of construction and improvements to playing facilities in Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet. The Board noted that a further inspection and report is scheduled for August after which a final decision will be taken on the venues for the event.
The IDI Board also agreed to expand the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 to a 10-team tournament. This means, the top three teams from the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013 to be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 23-31 July will now qualify and will join Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies in the tournament finals.
Teams participating in the Dublin tournament include Canada, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zimbabwe.
ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) and Cricket Committee recommendations
The ICC Board supported the CEC decision to make the following changes to the ICC Playing Conditions:
- TV Umpire review of a No ball on the fall of a wicket can now include waist-high full tosses and bouncers above shoulder height
- The formal introduction of a two-step process when the umpire believes the condition of the ball has been changed, but there is no eyewitness to identify which player changed the condition of the ball:
i) Replace the ball and give the captain a first and final warning
ii) award a five-run penalty to the batting team, replace the ball (with the batsman to choose) and report the captain under the ICC Code of Conduct
- Zing wickets (with flashing LEDs in the bails and stumps) are approved for use in ODI and T20I matches, subject to an independent assessment of the technology being received by the ICC.
The new ICC Playing Conditions will come into effect from 1 October 2013.
Membership and eligibility criteria
Afghanistan was confirmed as the 37th Associate Member of the ICC while Romania was accepted as an Affiliate Member.
The ICC Board also agreed that the ICC eligibility criteria specifically relating to the standout period of a Full Member player who wishes to return to his original Associate Member be reduced from four years to two years.