In the event of a tie at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final, there will be a Super Over eliminator ala T20 cricket. This was one of several decisions taken at the International Cricket Council’s first meeting of the year at its headquarters in Dubai on Wednesday. The Super Over decision replicates the arrangements for the 2011 World Cup final and other recent ICC events where a winner will be determined on the day of the final (weather permitting), and a Super Over is deemed the most credible way to separate the two sides.
The ICC Board also approved a change to the application of ICC Code of Conduct offences relating to slow over-rates in ICC events so that captains do not carry any prior minor over-rate offence ‘strikes’ or over-rate suspensions from other series into an ICC event. This approval means all captains will enter the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with no over-rate ‘strikes’ against their names, and they will only be suspended from playing in an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match if over-rate offences are committed during the event. Any over-rate ‘strikes’ incurred prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be carried forward to the first bilateral series after the event.
The ICC Board also reiterated its support for the umpires clamping down on poor player behaviour, particularly leading into and during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The Board considered issues around player safety following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes during a first-class match, and was briefed on the ICC-supported research project to improve the safety of cricket helmets which has recently resulted in a new British Safety Standard being introduced. It was noted that helmet manufacturers have now introduced a number of new helmet models that comply with the updated British Standard, and that an increasing number of international players have been choosing to wear the helmet models that comply with this new safety standard.
Meanwhile, the ACSU Chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board, has exercised his discretion to allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect. Amir’s five-year ban is scheduled to expire on 2 September 2015. The ACSU Chairman had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he was satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU by fully disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification, admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the Unit’s ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the ACSU education sessions.
The ICC Board noted that since the last meeting the Full Council had, by circular resolution, approved the proposed changes to the ICC’s Membership Criteria, which relaxed the obligation that an ICC Member must be the ‘sole’ governing body in a particular jurisdiction, while enforcing that the ICC will only recognise one governing body in any one territory. The ICC Board also discussed a range of matters regarding the USA Cricket Association (USACA), and decided to issue a letter to USACA requesting certain information be provided about its continued compliance with the ICC’s constitution and membership criteria.
The ICC Board received the annual anti-doping report and was pleased to note a 17 per cent increase in drug testing in the year 2014. Of the 1 210 drug tests conducted across domestic and international cricket in the year 2014, none resulted in any violation. While two violations were reported in 2014, these resulted from domestic tests conducted in late 2013.