Taking another step forward in finalising a new Future Tours Programme for the 2012-2020 period, ICC's Chief Executive Committee has begun the process of drawing up rules and regulations for the Test and ODI leagues.
The Committee also agreed to reconstitute its working group comprising David Collier (ECB), Nishantha Ranatunga (SLC), N Srinivasan (BCCI), James Sutherland (CA) and David Richardson (ICC General Manager–Cricket) to consider rules, regulations and points system for the leagues.
The working group, which previously made recommendations on the leagues and ICC global event calendar, will also have top statistician and ICC Cricket Committee member, David Kendix.
The group will report back in January next year. "With the ODI league commencing immediately after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the ICC Board will need to confirm the rules and regulations at its February meeting. There was noticeable excitement during the CEC meeting when we realised the interest which these leagues will create," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said in the statement.
With the ICC Board having already approved the use of the Decision Review System in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, the CEC "agreed to afford members the opportunity to use the DRS in bilateral One-Day Internationals prior to the CWC".
"This will provide further opportunities for players, match officials and the technology suppliers to experience the use of the system.
The long-term use of DRS in ODIs will, however, be considered by the ICC Cricket Committee at its meeting following the CWC," the ICC statement said.
The CEC also received an update on the Anti Corruption and Security Unit review and Lorgat said, "Although the ACSU is regarded as the world leader in its field of work the ICC is keen to review all its procedures and structures to make improvements where possible.
"ICC has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and at this meeting it was reaffirmed that everyone must work together to protect the integrity of cricket and maintain the confidence of the public in our great sport. "The CEOs were reminded of the need to implement a domestic anti-corruption code, which mirrors that of the ICC, by April 1, 2011," he said.