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Shastri all set for leading ICC job

Former India captain Ravi Shastri is all set to become part of the International Cricket Council’s cricket committee. The high-profile committee’s last Indian representative was Sunil Gavaskar, who had to step down from his post because of his trenchant newspaper columns that were often critical of the members of the ICC.

world Updated: Apr 06, 2009 00:20 IST
Anand Vasu

Former India captain Ravi Shastri is all set to become part of the International Cricket Council’s cricket committee. The high-profile committee’s last Indian representative was Sunil Gavaskar, who had to step down from his post because of his trenchant newspaper columns that were often critical of the members of the ICC. Interestingly, there is a vacant space for a media representative in the ICC’s cricket committee, and Shastri could qualify in that category as well.

While Shastri is also heavily involved in media work as a successful and popular television commentator and columnist, HT has learnt that there has been no objection to his candidature among member countries.

Shastri will be taking the place of Michael Holding, who resigned after disagreeing with the ICC’s decision to call the 2006 Pakistan v England Oval Test a draw after it was first deemed to be won by England as a result of a forfeiture. Gavaskar’s vacancy has already been filled by Clive Lloyd.

This is the latest step in a high-profile post retirement career for Shastri. He is currently chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and is also on the governing council of the Indian Premier League.

“Once Holding had resigned, the vacancy came up and recently the ICC had asked all member boards to suggest names from their respective countries,” a source close to the process revealed. “Shastri is a popular figure in world cricket and informally most of the members have agreed that he would be the best possible candidate.”

However, the decision still needs to be officially ratified in the April 18 meeting of the ICC in Dubai.

Sources revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India had already sent the relevant paperwork to Haroon Lorgat, chief executive of the ICC, who is in Wellington watching the third Test between India and New Zealand. One of the significant factors that clinched the deal for the 46-year-old Shastri, who played 80 Tests for India scoring close to 4000 runs and picking up 151 wickets was the fact that he “remained in close touch with the game” even after playing his last international back in 1992.

The ICC’s cricket committee comprises: Clive Lloyd (chairman), Ian Bishop and Mark Taylor (past players), Kumar Sangakkara and Tim May (representatives of current players), Mickey Arthur (full member team coach representative), Duleep Mendis (member board representative), Simon Taufel (umpires’ representative), Ranjan Madugalle (referees’ representative), Keith Bradshaw (MCC representative), David Kendix (statistician), Steve Tikolo (associate representative).