New Delhi, Oct 14 (): Anil Kumble, former captain of Indian Test cricket and well-known spinner has been chosen as new Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee. He replaces Clive Llyod, West Indian cricket legend.
Anil Kumble, 41 is the 2nd Indian to be selected as chairman, after Sunil Gavaskar. An ICC statement said ICC Board has agreed unanimously to sign up Anil Kumble as the new chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.
Alan Isaac, the President of ICC said that Anil Kumble has unchallenged experience not merely as a cricket player of India but also as a good administrator of Karnataka State Cricket Association.
England cricket player, Andrew Strauss who retired from International cricket recently has also been chosen to the cricket committee.
Alan said that he was sure Anil would carry on Clive Llyod`s good work and with Andrew Strauss he would clearly understand the issues facing the modern game.
The board of ICC also decided to prolong the terms of David Kendix, who is the statistician and Mark Taylor, who represents former players for one more term.
Anil Kumble has taken 619 wickets and he is the world’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests next to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) and Australia’s Shane Warne (708 wickets). In ODI cricket, he has taken 337 wickets.
Kumble said it was an honour to be selected as the chairman of ICC Cricket Committee. He said that it is a prestigious committee, where Sunil Gavaskar was a chairman in the past and he is looking forward to head such a committee.
Kumble said that it is too early to come out about his prestigious assignment. He is yet to know about his colleagues in the panel. He said that there are 2 or 3 mandatory meetings that need to held every year and added it should not be a big issue.