Sharad Pawar's reign as the president of the International Cricket Council ended today as New Zealander Alan Isaac took charge from him for a two-year term at the ICC Annual Conference here.
The 60-year-old Isaac, a former New Zealand Cricket chief, became the eighth president of the ICC, while former South Africa wicket-kepeer David Richardson was confirmed as the new chief executive of the world body, taking over from countryman Haroon Lorgat.
Issac will be the last to hold the post in its current shape as it will become a ceremonial role once he steps down in 2014. Over the past two years, Isaac has been the ICC's vice-president, a position that the body plans to abolish by amending the constitution.
ICC defends U-turn
Kuala Lumpur: World cricket’s new chief executive defended an embarrassing U-turn over appeals technology and said he wouldn’t drag powerful India “kicking and screaming” into accepting it.
David Richardson, who succeeded Haroon Lorgat, admitted nearly all players and umpires backed the Decision Review System (DRS), which checks whether batsmen should be given out.
“The point is that the BCCI need to make that decision for themselves,” said Richardson. “It’s never good to take anyone kicking and screaming to do anything.”
India ‘A’ lose thriller
St George's: India A lost the first of the three-match unofficial ODI series against the West Indies A by 2 wickets. The visitors were bowled out for a meagre 190. The home side also lost wickets at regular intervals but tailenders saw them home with three balls to spare.
India A 190 (Rahane 58, Permaul 4-33); West Indies A 193/8 (Carter 39, Dinda 3-45)
SLPL in indian hands
Colombo: Indian business enterprises showed keen interest in the inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League and bought all the seven contesting franchises on offer. The debut edition of the SLPL is scheduled to commence from August 10, with the final to be held on August 31.
ONGC, Air India in semis
New Delhi: Lokinder's 6/16 helped ONGC beat RP Academy by four wickets and enter the semifinal of the Hot Weather tournament. In other quarterfinals Air India, helped by Hiten Dalal's 76, beat Delhi Cricket Club, while Rahul Dagar's 89 helped Collage Group beat Sporting Club.