Big Decisions Await At The ICC Annual Conference In Birmingham
The ICC could decide on the future of Afghanistan cricket during the annual conference starting in Birmingham, England this weekend. The board will also confirm hosts for four women’s global events for 2023-27. Also, the T20 leagues v/s international cricket could be raised at the conference.
• Hosts of women’s 2023-27 events will be confirmed on 26 July
• The rights of men and women are unbundled and will be sold separately
• PCB’s letter to ICC on T20 cricket could come into discussion
• The board will also finalize the process for the ICC chairman election
Who Will Get Rights To Women’s Cricket Events For 2023-27?
The ICC has finalized half a dozen events including two T20 World Cups, one 50-over World Cup, and one T20 Champions Trophy for women’s cricket during 2023-27. Also, for the first time, the board will sell women’s rights separately from men’s rights. The rights for TV, digital, and TV and digital combined will be sold for four years and the board plans to maximize the profit.
What Is The Question Of T20 Leagues Threatening International Cricket?
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shot a letter to the ICC sharing their concern about the proliferation of domestic leagues sucking time for international cricket. While it is for the member countries to decide on both the bilateral series as well as T20 league windows, one Full Member of the board has raised concern over domestic leagues encroaching on the international calendar.
What Will ICC Decide On Afghanistan Cricket?
The question of women’s cricket in Afghanistan came to light when the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission Ahmadullah Wasiq said that cricket wasn’t necessary for women because women could face a situation where their faces and body won’t be covered. Also, Australia postponed the Test match against Afghanistan last November after the Talibani statement. Afghanistan became a Full Member of the ICC 2017 on the condition of developing women’s sports. The ACB also pledged to offer 25 women’s players contracts in November 2020 but the Taliban’s arrival halted the plans.
How Will The Board Elect Its Chairman?
The election for a new ICC chairman is expected to begin in November this year when the present chairman Greg Barclay completes his first term. The board has to determine a process for the ICC chairman election. Also, the board members would iron out rules for FTP at the annual conference.