Gavaskar remains ICC cricket committee chairman


Dubai : Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar continues to head the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He is taking part in the deliberations at the two-day meeting that started here Monday, the ICC said.

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Gavaskar’s position became a topic of hot debate after top ICC officials publicly said that the master opening batsman’s responsibilities as the panel head were conflicting with his role as a newspaper columnist and television commentator.

ICC president-elect David Morgan as well as CEO Malcolm Speed said that the Indian would have to choose between the two roles. Gavaskar was even summoned to the ICC headquarters here recently to explain some of his comments in the media that did not go down well with the game’s global governing body.

After that meeting, the details of which were not released to the media, it was understood that Gavaskar was on his way out even before the ICC annual meetings, to be held here from June 29 to July 4.

But an ICC statement Monday changed the picture.

Gavaskar remains the chairman of the panel that also comprises, among others, Majid Khan (he is standing in for the unavailable Ian Bishop of the West Indies), former Australia captain Mark Taylor, Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, Tim May, a former Australia Test spinner and now the CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur, top umpire Simon Taufel and chief ICC referees Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka.

The remit of the Cricket Committee is to discuss and consult on any cricket-playing matters and to formulate recommendations to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board for approval.