Richardson upbeat on working group


International Cricket Council Chief Executive office David Richardson was positive about the working group set up to develop a global strategy for cricket.

Members of the working group met with BCCI members and the Committee of Administrators that currently oversee all BCCI operations this week in New Delhi.

The meetings come ahead of a meeting of the Cricket Committee at the end of May in Mumbai to discuss the playing conditions of the Test Championship.

Richardson is happy with the working relationship the ICC has with the BCCI and said of the meetings: “The ICC Board recently set up a working group to develop a global strategy for cricket and the BCCI is represented on this group by Chief Executive Rahul Johri. Members are united in their support of the project, which is aimed at growing the game globally, and ongoing consultation is a key part of the development of the strategy.

“Today’s meeting with the BCCI and COA was a planned part of that process and the BCCI was the first Member board we have individually engaged and consulted with which was appreciated by the BCCI. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their positive commitment to the strategy, their time and energy today and their feedback which will now be incorporated into the ongoing development work. We have a number of further member meetings scheduled to do the same thing as part of ensuring we end up with a comprehensive global strategy for the long-term good of our sport.

“The global strategy will enable the sport to build on the opportunities and strengths identified during this process and mitigate against the weaknesses and threats. This is a huge opportunity for everyone and it is an exciting time as Members and the ICC work in partnership to consider the long-term future of our sport.”