5 highlights from the ICC Cricket Committee Meeting
The ICC Cricket Committee, formed to make recommendations on cricket playing issues, met at Lords from June 2-3, 2016 to discuss some of these issues. The discussions included steps for improving the overall cricket structure across the globe with a special focus on marketing Test Cricket to improve its popularity.
The Committee also took recommendations from experts on various aspects such as technology and safety in cricket matches. The recommendations made by the Committee, which is chaired by Anil Kumble, will be discussed in the ICC board meeting later in July 2016. The recommendations, if implemented strictly and properly, can help in regaining the popularity of the game. Here are 5 of the major highlights from the meeting:
#1 Improving International Cricket Structure
This is a very prominent issue which was discussed by the Committee in length considering a plethora of factors. Improving the International Cricket structure has become the need of the hour. The audience of the game has been divided into different formats which puts pressure on the administrators to keep improving every format with equal consideration.
The Committee decided to create dedicated competitions in each of the game’s three formats with the focus to increase their popularity equally. After the success of the first ever day-night Test match, there were discussions on its future too.
The Committee maintained that factors including lighting and environment might play an important role in its success which needs reviewing constantly. And finally, the Committee discussed issues pertaining to Test Cricket which includes a modified approach in relating to its marketing and quality of Test pitches. It is often seen that home countries prepare pitches to suit their own teams.