Dravid, Jayawar­dene join ICC com­mit­tee

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NEW DELHI—Rahul Dravid, the for­mer In­dia cap­tain, and Ma­hela Jayawar­dene, the for­mer Sri Lanka cap­tain, have been ap­pointed to ICC cricket com­mit­tee for the next three years. For­mer In­dia cap­tain Anil Kumble was re-elected the chair­man of the com­mit­tee for another three-year term and Richard Ket­tle­bor­ough re­placed the re­tired Steve Davis as the um­pires’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Ket­tle­bor­ough has won the ICC’s Um­pire-of-the-Year award thrice.

Dravid, along with Tim May, the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion, were cho­sen by cur­rent Test cap­tains to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the cur­rent play­ers. They re­placed Ku­mar San­gakkara and for­mer In­dia legspin­ner L Si­vara­makr­ish­nan, whose tenures had lapsed. Jayawar­dene was picked to do the same role with re­spect to past play­ers.

He took over from Mark Tay­lor. Dravid and Jayawar­dene played all three forms of cricket for over a decade, scor­ing more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs. Since re­tire­ment, they have both had suc­cess as com­men­ta­tors and were sought af­ter as coaches. Dravid is in charge of the In­dia Un­der-19 and A teams while Jayawar­dene had a stint with Eng­land as bat­ting con­sul­tant. The cricket com­mit­tee has the au­thor­ity to rec­om­mend changes to the rules by which the game is played. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of these changes de­pends on the ICC board rat­i­fy­ing them.

Af­ter a bat­ting-friendly 2015 World Cup, played un­der the rule that a max­i­mum of four field­ers were al­lowed on the bound­ary af­ter the 40th over, the ICC cricket com­mit­tee pro­posed abol­ish­ing the bowl­ing Pow­er­play and al­low­ing for an ex­tra fielder out­side the in­ner cir­cle for the fi­nal 10 overs. The ICC put the changes into prac­tice a month later. The next meet­ing of the cricket com­mit­tee is sched­uled for May 31 and June 1 at Lord’s, three weeks be­fore the ICC annual con­fer­ence in Ed­in­burgh. The ICC cricket com­mit­tee: Anil Kumble, chair­man; Shashank Manohar and David Richard­son, Ex-of­fi­cio; An­drew Strauss and Ma­hela Jay­war­dene, past player rep­re­sen­ta­tives; Rahul Dravid and Tim May, cur­rent player rep­re­sen­ta­tives; Dar­ren Lehmann, Full Mem­ber coach rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Kevin O’Brien, As­so­ciate rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Clare Con­nor, Women’s cricket rep­re­sen­ta­tive; NZC CEO David White, Full Mem­ber rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Ravi Shas­tri, Me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Richard Ket­tle­bor­ough, Um­pires rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Ran­jan Madugalle, Ref­er­ees’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive; John Stephen­son, MCC Head of Cricket.—AFP

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