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Botswana debuts into International Cricket Council

Publishing Date : 04 July, 2017

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) held it’s Annual Conference in London, recently, where all the cricketing nations converged for what turned out to be quite a historic event for the future of cricket, globally.

The Conference was attended by the 3-tiers of membership, namely, Full Members (10), Associate Members (39) and Affiliate Member Representatives (5 representing 56), for the last time, as significant changes were envisaged for better governance. The Conference schedule had important meetings amongst the various groups ending with the Full Council, ratifying landmark modifications to the structures as well as elections to the Chief Executives Committee (CEC).

Significant amongst the changes were the promotion of Ireland & Afghanistan from Associate Members to Full Member status, expulsion of USA Cricket Association from ICC and the merging of Associate and Affiliate Member classes to just Associates. Botswana made history when Sumod (B2) Damodar was elected to the Chief Executives Committee (CEC), at the Formal Meeting of the Associates & Affiliates. Sumod was one of six candidates contesting for the 3 positions available on CEC.

The electorate comprised of 40 votes, as 2 Members were under suspension and 2 Members were not present. At the conclusion of the elections, the elected members were; Neil Speight (Bermuda), Sumod Damodar (Botswana) & Betty Timmer (Netherlands). This is the first time that Botswana has contested for any position in the ICC. The CEC is the link between the Development Committee & Cricket Committee and the ICC Board and the term of office is for a period of 2 years.

The BCA is proud of this achievement as this enhances a stronger presence at the global level for Botswana, Africa and for all developing cricketing nations and wishes Sumod every success in this new assignment. At the continental level, Girish Ramakrishna was elected as Development Director of the Africa Cricket Association (ACA) during their AGM at the end of April, whilst Sumod Damodar vacated his previous position as Tournament Director.



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