ICC defers decision on recognition to Apartheid era cricket

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Johannesburg, Sept 12 (UNI) The ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) has deferred its decision on the status of matches played in South Africa during the Apartheid era on the request of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

''CSA asked that this matter be deferred pending its own internal discussions. This was agreed by the meeting,'' ICC said in a statement issued after its two-day meeting which concluded here yesterday.

The Committee also reviewed a draft international programme for the period 2012-2017.

It asked the ICC management, which was responsible for the preparation of the programme, to refine it ahead of further discussion on the subject at the next CEC meeting in February next year in Kuala Lumpur during the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup.

''Once complete, it is envisaged the draft programme will then be reviewed by the ICC Board, although possible implementation, if appropriate, may be delayed due to members' existing commercial arrangements,'' the statement said.

A report compiled by an umpires' task force chaired by ICC President-elect David Morgan was also reviewed.

The main recommendation of the group, which also has Geoff Allardice of Cricket Australia, ICC Cricket Manager David Richardson and ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle as members, was that the Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires should be increased in size from 10 to 12 officials.

The report of the task force will go forward for consideration by the ICC Board during its next meeting, set for Dubai on October 30 and 31.

The task force was formed following a recommendation in May by the ICC's Cricket Committee ''to enhance the already high standards of officiating''.

It began its work by surveying umpires, players, member boards and the media on the current state and perceptions of umpiring ahead of its meeting in London.

The CEC comprises the Chief Executives or their equivalent of the ten ICC Full Members and three representatives from ICC Associate Members.

It is chaired by the ICC's Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee also attends the meeting.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah attended the meeting as Indian board representative.

UNI

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