The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) is continuing work on a draft Future Tours Programme for events after 2012.
This was revealed following a meeting of the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) in Johannesburg last week. ??It was held to discuss a range of issues relating to cricket as a game and a business. Some of these measures were discussed by the ICC’s Board when it also met in Johannesburg on October 6 and 7.
With the current future tours programme due to conclude in May 2012, and following feedback from members, the CEC continues to develop a further draft of the Future Tours Programme for games after 2012.?? This process, they stated, was ongoing and would include a working draft to be presented at the next Board meeting.
During that meeting, the CEC also received an update on the progress of preparations for the tournament scheduled for April 30 to May 16, 2010 in the West Indies. ??The ICC Chief Executive will officially launch the event on October 31 in Barbados, with individual tickets going on sale from Sunday, November 1. Corporate packages are already available for purchase.
The CEC also sought to strengthen the scope of the Test working group which was looking at ways to improve and promote Test cricket as the pinnacle of the game. This group will now include all the Full Member chief executives and will also look at developing a context for all three formats of the game at the international level.
Concerning the issue of the promotion of cricket, it was agreed to extend the scope of the project to include product research and analysis concerning Test, One Day Internationals and T20I cricket.
Members also decided that a competitive analysis of other sports and entertainment products would be carried out and there would be further research into various proposals for product development and variation of Test cricket, such as day/night Test matches.
In relation to the organisation of committees, the CEC has appointed Justin Vaughan from New Zealand Cricket to sit on the ICC Cricket Committee, while Nishantha Ranatunga (Sri Lanka Cricket) was appointed to serve on the ICC’s Development Committee.
The CEC comprises the chief executives of the 10 Test-playing Members and three representatives from ICC Associate Members. It is chaired by the ICC Chief Executive.