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ICC meet to usher in new faces at the top

New all powerful chairman’s post to be approved

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Dubai: The International Cricket Council will undergo huge changes in its administration from the beginning of July. Alan Isaac of New Zealand will step in as the eighth president of the ICC replacing Sharad Pawar, who held the post for two years.

David Richardson, who is currently the Genera Manger (Cricket), will take over as the new ICC Chief Executive in place of Haroon Lorgat. The ICC Annual Conference week, which began Sundayat Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will endorse the changes.

However, the most important decision will be when the ICC council in its meeting on June 28 will be asked to approve amendment to ICC Articles which will create the post of a chairman from June 2014 with the president’s role becoming a one-year ceremonial position. There is already speculation as to who will become the first chairman with all the executive authority.

N. Srinivasan, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), whose three-year term is to end in 2014, is being talked about as the likely candidate for the post.

Meanwhile, the ICC Associate and Affiliate members meeting Monday will elect three members to serve two years terms on the ICC Board. The ICC will also approve affiliate membership request from Russia and Hungary.

On the agenda of the Chief Executives Meeting are recommendations from the ICC Cricket Committee such as reaffirmation of the universal application of the Decision Review System (DRS), minor enhancements to the 50-over format and discussions on the protection and promotion of international cricket within a changed landscape that is showing a growing number of domestic professional Twenty20 leagues.

It is also said that India and Pakistan cricket chiefs will meet for informal talks and explore possibilities of reviving the India-Pakistan series. Though India has a packed schedule they are likely to find time for this high profile series in the light of an improved political relationship between the two countries.