Anil Kumble reappointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee

Anil Kumble reappointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee

The committee had a two-day meeting in May 2018 that also weighed in on issues like player behaviour and playing conditions for the forthcoming World Test Championship.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has been reappointed as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for the third consecutive time. He was appointed as the head of the panel in the year 2012 for his first term. Kumble was reappointed for his second term in the year 2016 which would keep him in office till 2018. According to the latest update, the former Indian captain has been reappointed yet again for the chairman position.

Recently the panel was in the news for making vital decisions regarding the modulation of a few rules that make an integral part of the game. The ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Kumble, decided to stick to the coin toss as an “integral part” of the Test match narrative. The panel recommended sterner punishments for ball-tampering in the wake of the infamous ‘Sandpaper-gate’.

Behaviour and playing conditions

The committee had a two-day meeting in May 2018 that also weighed in on issues like player behaviour and playing conditions for the forthcoming World Test Championship. Other important issues addressed by the panel led by Kumble was the coin toss in the longest format, that had become a debatable issue following calls from some former legends of the game who wanted to eliminate the custom.

Among them was Ricky Ponting and his predecessor Steve Waugh who thought it was a good way to neutralize home advantage. In fact, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) scrapped the toss in the 2016 County Championship. However, The ICC Cricket Committee has decided against it.

Few other major decisions taken by the Cricket Committee included a recommended points system for the World Test Championship, which will commence in July 2019. As per the proposal, points should be awarded for each game – a third of the available points for a draw – and not a series win.

All these decisions were made by the panel that was led by Anil Kumble, the all-time highest wicket-taker for India in Test Cricket.  This three-year stint will end in 2021 and be his final term as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.

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