Calcutta: “It’s an honour and I’m excited...”
For a change, former India captain Anil Kumble actually sounded pleased, about his appointment as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s cricket committee.
Contacted by The Telegraph on Thursday evening, Kumble, who is the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president, said: “To succeed someone like Clive Lloyd, who has done so much for the game, is really nice... Feels good.”
The ICC is feeling good, too. That got reflected in president Alan Isaac’s comments: “We have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player, but also as an administrator with the KSCA.
“I am sure that he will carry on Clive’s good work and bring, like (recently-retired) Andrew Strauss, contemporary thinking to the cricket committee. Both understand clearly the issues facing the modern game.”
Kumble, for his part, added: “I’m awaiting details from the ICC, the number of meetings I’ve got to attend, but I’m looking forward to working with the likes of (veteran) Mark Taylor and (debutant) Strauss.”
Asked if he had a priority, Kumble replied: “Look, it’s too soon to talk about priorities... Let me first sit down with colleagues on the cricket committee, get to know their views... We will probably meet next month.”
The cricket committee chairman works closely with the ICC’s chief executive and Kumble shares an excellent rapport with incumbent Dave Richardson, a former South Africa ’keeper.
One assumes Kumble can count on Richardson’s support on touchy matters.
“We’ve played against each other and, after Dave retired, I’d interacted with him on the issue of contracts for players (in the early 2000s)... More recently, we’ve been together on the MCC’s world cricket committee. It’s nice to have former cricketers (in positions of decision making),” Kumble observed.
Kumble to head ICC's technical committee
Kumble, who already heads the Board’s technical committee, added: “While on the cricket committee, among other things, I’ll get to know more about the challenges faced by countries at the domestic level... The challenges vary.
Incidentally, the ICC’s cricket committee includes former India captain Ravi Shastri and former India coach Gary Kirsten. Both have enormous respect for Kumble.
Kumble is the second Indian, after Sunil Gavaskar (also a former captain) to chair the cricket committee.
Gavaskar’s extended tenure, however, ended abruptly in May 2008, with the ICC citing “conflict of interest” to push him towards putting in his papers. Gavaskar couldn’t continue both as a star mediaman and chairman of the cricket committee.
Kumble is an occasional columnist and expert on television.
Anil Kumble: It's an honourBy Lokendra Pratap Sahi | The Telegraph – Fri 12 Oct, 2012 11:20 AM IST
- live match ENG 25/1 (11.4 Overs)vs. NZENG2nd TestLIVECurrent Run Rate 2.14Leeds, EnglandNew Zealand in England Tes...
MORE TOP STORIES TODAY
N.Srinivasan refuses to quit | Chennai to play IPL final More » Meiyappan in police custody till May 29th
New Zealand tour of England, 2nd Test More » 2nd Test Live: New Zealand vs England at Leeds
Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid hopes that investigators "get to the bottom of the mess and reveal the truth" about spot fixing. More » Dravid: Get to the bottom of the mess
Troubled Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf will fight to clear his name in an ongoing spot-fixing scandal in India, family sources told AFP on Saturday, saying he had returned to his home in Lahore. More » Umpire Rauf will fight to clear name - family
The other finalists, Chennai Super Kings, are in grave danger of a dishonourable exit. More » Who will Mumbai play in the final?
Camp Srinivasan lacks a moral compass and a sense of fairplay. It is time Srinivasan resigned from his his positions as an administrator in Indian cricket. More » Evidence that Meiyappan is the Chennai team owner
NEW DELHI, May 25, 2013 (AFP) - A top Indian industry body has called for legalising sports betting amid a spot-fixing scandal in which cricketers were allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars by bookmakers … More » Make betting legal, says top Indian body
What I wonder now, amidst these ruins, is this: how do I watch a cricket match again? More » [COMMENTS:] Paradise Lost
Understanding the fragility of the world's top players and the human element of the game have been the cornerstone of Gary Kirsten's approach to coaching international cricket teams. The 45-year-old heads … More » Interview: All in the mind for Kirsten
Asad Rauf, the Pakistani umpire whose name has cropped up in the current T20 league spot fixing scandal, has left the country in a hurry. Rauf, who was officiating in the current T20 league season, was … More » Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf leaves India
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Having pulled out its franchise Pune Warriors from the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sahara chief Subrata Roy fired another salvo saying he would immediately stop sponsoring the … More » Subrata Roy wants Srinivasan out
PepsiCo didn't confirm or deny if it was considering invoking a clause to look at a possible exit from its title sponsorship. More » Spot fixing: Pepsi mulls pulling out of IPL
Three Chennai Super Kings players, one of them quite senior, were in touch with Vindoo Dara Singh during the ongoing T20 season. More » Three Chennai players 'linked' to probe
MUMBAI, May 24, 2013 (AFP) - Police said Friday they were "investigating all the angles" in the Indian spot-fixing scandal but refused to confirm if they were targeting top Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf. More » Asad Rauf being investigated?
LEEDS, United Kingdom, May 24, 2013 (AFP) - Rain meant there was no play on the first day of the second and final Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley on Friday. More » Eng-NZ: Rain plays spoilsport on Day 1
[SPOT-FIXING ROUND-UP]: Meiyappan finally surfaces | Rauf dropped from ICC event More » Rauf dropped from Champions Trophy
Pakistan could manage only a tie in the first ODI against Ireland at a bitterly cold Clontarf after Kevin O'Brien hit the last ball of the match for four. More » Kevin gives Ireland thrilling tie with Pak
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid said dealing with the spot-fixing allegations surrounding his team in the IPL has been one of the toughest phases of his career. More » 'Dealing with spot-fixing has been tough'
Australian Test batsman David Warner has said that the Indian players caught in the IPL spot-fixing scandal should be banned from cricket. More » Warner calls for ban on IPL spot-fixers
Misbah ul-Haq has told his Pakistan team they must improve in all three departments ahead of Sunday's series decider with Ireland. More » All-round improvement needed: Misbah
Akhtar said that he doesn’t understand why Pakistani officials — umpires and coaching staff — are welcome in IPL while players have been kept out. More » Akhtar appalled by double standards
Cook believes Headingley will be far from the bowling-friendly ground of old when the second Test against New Zealand starts at Yorkshire's headquarters on Friday. More » Cook expects hard work at Headingley
Sunrisers Hyderabad came up short against Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator here but their inaugural Indian Premier League campaign was a successful one, their captain Cameron White has said. More » 'Sunrisers can be proud of their effort'
Thanks to the format of the IPL, Mumbai Indians still have a chance to qualify for the final. More » Mumbai look to make most of second chance
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid hinted at retiring from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after this season. More » Dravid to hang up gloves for good?
He was ruled out after doubts over his ability to last a five-day match. More » Vettori out of second Test against England
Arrested Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila had received Rs.12 lakh for spot fixing in IPL 2012 matches, Delhi Police said Thursday. More » Chandila spot fixed in 2012 IPL: Police
England captain Alastair Cook found himself being quizzed about the star batsman in Leeds on the eve of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley. More » Absent KP puts pressure on England
Delhi Police contacted their counterparts in Mumbai seeking details about the articles seized from the hotel where Sreesanth stayed, said a police official. More » Delhi Police seek details of seizures
Result: embarrassment in one dressing room, and one set of flabbergasted bookies. More » A T20 match both teams wanted to lose
He facilitated others in Bollywood in placing bets with bookies he knew. More » Vindoo spills the beans on Bollywood