Former India captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee, adding even more cricketing experience to the list of eminent people already on the panel.
Dravid and Jayawardena have played 1,161 international matches between them from 1996 to 2015, and each has been appointed for a three-year term. They will attend their first meeting at Lord’s on 31 May and 1 June, three weeks before the ICC Annual Conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dravid, along with former Australia off-spinner and ex-Chief Executive of Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), Tim May, have been elected by the current Test captains as current player representatives, replacing former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has completed his final three-year term, and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who has completed his three-year term.
Jayawardena has been appointed as a past player representative and takes over from former Australia captain Mark Taylor, who has also completed his final three-year term.
Richard Kettleborough, three-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has been appointed as umpires’ representative in the committee and replaces Steve Davis, who retired last year.
Meanwhile, Anil Kumble has been re-appointed as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for a three-year term. The former India captain was appointed as the Chair in 2012 and will now continue to head the group until 2018.
ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, who also administers the ICC Cricket Committee meeting, said: "I want to thank Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Steve Davis for their significant contribution to this committee.
"I welcome Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardena, Tim May and Richard Kettleborough, and I am confident that these highly credentialed individuals will carry on the good work of their predecessors to make the sport even more competitive and attractive."
The ICC Cricket Committee is representative of all stakeholders in the modern game, including players, umpires and the media. It is empowered to make recommendations on cricket playing issues to the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) and, if the matter is a policy matter, the ICC Board for approval.
The ICC Cricket Committee is:
Chairman – Anil Kumble (former India captain)
Ex-Officio – Shashank Manohar (ICC Chairman) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive)
Past Player representative – Andrew Strauss (former England captain); Mahela Jayawardena (former Sri Lanka captain)
Current Player representative – Rahul Dravid (former India captain); Tim May (former Australia off-spinner and ex-CEO of FICA)
Full Member team coach representative – Darren Lehmann (Australia coach)
Associate representative – Kevin O’Brien (Ireland all-rounder)
Women’s Cricket representative – Clare Connor (former England women’s team captain)
Full Member representative – David White (NZC chief executive)
Media representative – Ravi Shastri (former India captain and a respected commentator)
Umpires’ representative – Richard Kettleborough (member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires)
Referees’ representative – Ranjan Madugalle (ICC chief match referee and former Sri Lanka captain)
MCC representative – John Stephenson (MCC’s Head of Cricket)