The ICC Board meetings concluded in Cape Town on Friday with cricket in the United States as one of the main themes.
The ICC Board meetings concluded in Cape Town on Friday with cricket in the United States as one of the main themes. Wrapping up a week of committee meetings with a full ICC Board meeting, Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “A number of decisions have been taken, particularly around the governance of cricket in the USA, women’s cricket and funding of associate cricket to drive up playing standards.”
An earlier version of the governance structure prepared by the Sustainable Foundation Group was discussed in a series of meetings held in New York on October 1st and 2nd. In attendance were a range of stakeholders together with ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar and CEO David Richardson along with ICC Directors Dave Cameron and Imran Khwaja. This proposed governance structure, which also includes a new board structure with representation from across the cricket community, independent directors and elite players, is aimed at unifying the sport in the USA. Following approval of the constitution by the ICC board, "[the ICC] look to USACA to adopt that as part of the fulfilment of their reinstatement conditions before full implementation of the constitution in 2017," David Richardson said following the New York meetings.
As a next step, the ICC media release noted that the governance structure and underlying constitution will now be shared with USACA who will be requested to approve its implementation by 15 December 2016. It is not known if the USACA board will agree with the proposed changes given its track record of not favoring similar changes on previous occasions.
ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We have spent considerable time working towards the unification of the USA cricket community and making USACA compliant with the reinstatement conditions imposed by the ICC Board in June 2015.
“Our decision has been taken in the interest of all of cricket in the USA for the good of the game. We have heard the views of all stakeholders and believe this is a good governance structure capable of bringing the sport together and we would now encourage USACA to adopt it as part of the fulfilment of its reinstatement conditions.”