ICC to discuss inclusion of Associate Members in future World Cups during 5-day meet in Kolkata

The issue of possible inclusion of Associate Members in future World Cups will be one of the key points of discussion during the five-day ICC meet that got underway in Kolkata on Sunday.

PTI, April 22, 2018

Kolkata: The issue of possible inclusion of Associate Members in future World Cups will be one of the key points of discussion during the five-day ICC meet that got underway in Kolkata on Sunday.

An official attending the meeting said they are hoping that more Associate Members will be included in future World Cups.

File image of the ICC logo. Reuters

File image of the ICC logo. Reuters

"There will be discussions on how to go about it. The ICC needs more associate teams in future World Cups and this meeting should provide a headway," the official said after day one of the ICC meet that discussed about women's cricket.

The official further said former BCCI president Shashank Manohar is likely to continue as the chairman, even as England and Wales Cricket Board's outgoing chairman Giles Clarke has shown interest in the post.

"Manohar is keen to continue, only time will tell. But I don't think Giles will take over," he said.

ICC asks Mithali if she has ever experienced any approach by bookies

Indian women's cricket captain Mithali Raj was today asked whether she has ever experienced any approach by the bookies to fix a match as the ICC's five-day meeting got underway here.

Mithali was here as a 'special invitee' as the ICC's quarterly meeting began with discussions on women's cricket.

"She was here for a small part during the meeting. She was asked whether she has encountered any instances of match fixing. She said she has not till date," an ICC official said.

Since Under-19 and women's matches are being televised more and more, ICC wants to take precautionary measures.

Before any ICC event, even the U-19 and women's teams have to attend the classes of the ICC integrity unit on how to tackle corrupt approaches.

While the focus is more on U-19s as it's about teenagers, women's game is also becoming popular due to live coverage on television. ICC wants more and more live coverage of women's game and hence the need for checks and balances.

Mithali painted a picture of significant changes the women's game had undergone in the last decade — from not even knowing there was an Indian women's team when she first started playing to not being able to walk down the street unrecognised.

In front of an audience comprising ICC Member CEOs, head of Women's Cricket and other leaders in the game, Mithali said she hoped this was a turning point.

"This is the beginning of good times for women's cricket, what happened in the World Cup and the way people now see women's cricket as a viable sport," she said.

"There is no longer any ignorance about the women's game, cricket talk is not limited to the men's game or among men's fans. The reach is now there, so the common man can see women's cricket and we are breaking viewership records and it is important we continue that interest."

Mithali further hailed the stand-alone women's events and and said she looked forward to the ICC World T20 later this year.

"Double-headers were important at first but no matter how good the women's cricket, it was always overshadowed by the men. At a stand-alone tournament you own the stage and it's another opportunity to promote the game on a larger platform."

Holly Colvin, the ICC Women's Cricket Manager, said the seed to broadcast every match of the Women's World Cup was sown at the inaugural ICC Women's Forum last year.
"The group here can influence and change the women's cricket landscape for the better. The 2017 ICC Women's World Cup was a resounding success but we cannot rest on our laurels. This year's forum is about how we maintain the momentum and continue to grow the women's game."

Day two of the forum continues tomorrow with focus on sharing best practice and growing of the number of women and girls in cricket.

Updated Date: Apr 22, 2018

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