Kumble appointed ICC cricket committee chairman

Former India captain Anil Kumble has been appointed as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council's cricket committee, which helps to draw up rules on playing issues, cricket's governing body said in a statement Thursday.

The ICC board also appointed former England captain Andrew Strauss, who recently retired, as a player representative on the committee. Kumble replaces former West Indies captain and international match referee Clive Lloyd as chairman and Strauss replaces Ian Bishop, former West Indies fast bowler.

"In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator with Karnataka State Cricket Association as well.

According to ICC sources, Kumble has been given a two-year term. The Cricket Committee meets twice a year and the second meeting of the year is likely to be held in November. The ICC Board also agreed to extend the terms of both Mark Taylor (representing former players) and David Kendix (statisticians) for a further term.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has been forced to delay the first meeting of its National Cricket Academy sub-committee as it is yet to finalise the name for the post of Director with Kapil Dev's name coming into picture. Rahul Dravid is believed to be the front-runner for the post but he is still undecided on whether he should take up the offer.

"Rahul has been offered the role of a Director quite a few weeks back but he hasn't got back. BCCI is waiting for a positive response from Rahul and it has decided to have its first NCA meeting only after completion of CLT20," a senior BCCI official said.

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