Former Australia women’s captain and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Belinda Clark, Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer and New Zealand national team coach Mike Hesson have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee.
Belinda has been appointed as the women’s cricket representative and replaces Clare Connor (who has completed her third and final three-year term), Coetzer has replaced Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien as the Associate Members representative (Ireland is now a Full Member, which means O’Brien has become ineligible) and Hesson has taken over from Darren Lehmann (who resigned as Australia national team coach in March and has become ineligible).
All three have been appointed to the committee for an initial three-year term each and next week’s annual meeting in Mumbai, which will take place on 28 and 29 May, will be their first meeting.
Spirit of Cricket and player behaviour, World Test Championship playing conditions and the pace of play are some of the items on the agenda for the meeting.
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.
Belinda has captained Australia to World Cup titles in 1997 and 2005. She also played 15 Tests and 118 ODIs in a career spanning from 1991 to 2005 during which she scored 919 and 4,844 runs respectively. In 2011, she become the second female inductee into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after Rachael Heyhoe-Flint.
Coetzer made his international debut in 2008 and has to date played 49 ODIs and 39 T20Is in which he has scored 1,911 and 850 runs respectively. He replaced Gordon Drummond as Scotland captain in May 2013.
Hesson, 43, has been New Zealand’s coach since July 2012. He masterminded the Black Caps’ maiden appearance in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Melbourne in 2015. Under Hesson, New Zealand achieved their highest Test, ODI and T20I rankings, rising to third in Tests in July 2015, second in ODIs in May 2016 and No.1 in T20Is in May 2016. New Zealand are presently sitting fourth across all three formats.
The ICC Cricket Committee is headed by the former Indian captain Anil Kumble as the Chairman. Shashank Manohar (ICC Chairman) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive) are the ex-officio members, Andrew Strauss (former England captain); Mahela Jayawardena (former Sri Lanka captain) are Past Player representatives; Rahul Dravid (former India captain), Tim May (former Australia off-spinner and ex-CEO of FICA) are Current Player representatives; Mike Hesson (New Zealand team coach) is Full Member team coach representative; Kyle Coetzer (Scotland captain) is Associate Members representative; Belinda Clark (Former Australia captain, ICC Cricket Hall of Famer and two-time World Cup winning captain) is Women’s Cricket representative; David White (NZC chief executive) is Full Member representative; Shaun Pollock (former South Africa captain and a respected commentator) is Media representative; Richard Kettleborough (member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires) is the Umpires’ representative; Ranjan Madugalle (ICC chief match referee and former Sri Lanka captain) is Referees’ representative and John Stephenson (MCC’s Head of Cricket) is the MCC representative.