The International Cricket Council - The Other ICC

ICC Mustafa Kamal The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the group of people that run the Cricket League, but you should know that it wasn’t always named the International Cricket Council, because at one time it was named the Imperial Cricket Conference. The current day ICC as you probably know is made up of 105 members, and has a few differences from what it used to be aside from the name.

Imperial Cricket Conference (the first)

The very first Cricket Conference was the Imperial Cricket Conference, which ruled the world of Cricket from 1909 to 1963. Being the first governing body of Cricket, it was a huge deal at the time and started off in South Africa. This group of people that ran the conference were supposed to put rules in place, create schedules, and figure out who was supposed to be involved in the games. One of the biggest controversial decisions with this conference was the exclusion of the United States in the Cricket Conference, thought to possibly be due to political issues. In 1963, the Imperial Cricket Conference came to an end, and the next group was born.

International Cricket Conference (the second)

Near the beginning of the 60’s, Pakistan issued a suggestion that more countries be involved with the game of cricket to up the stakes and make the game more popular. With this inclusion of other countries, the United States was able to join, alongside Ceylon and Fiji. With all of this going on, the name was then changed to be known as the international conference for cricket. During this conference’s reign, they allowed for a World Cup of cricket to take place, with Sri Lanka and East Africa playing in the very first World Cup for the league. To make the league even more different, in the 70’s they were able to add even more countries such as Argentina. In the late 80’s, they were able to grow into an even different group, which is now labeled as the International Cricket Council.

The International Cricket Council

Currently, the ICC standing today goes by the International Cricket Council. In 1989 the International Cricket Conference had a meeting to discuss the creation of this new governing body for all of the countries in this cricket league. The current chairman of the council is Shashank Manohar, and they changed their headquarters to Dubai, rather than being in Africa. Due to the history of the league itself, we can expect a new league to possibly form someday, maybe altering rules and changing the countries that are allowed to join the league. Luckily, at the moment they allow betting to take place in certain countries, so if you think you know cricket well enough, then you can make some money by researching cricket betting tips!

Why does the cricket council matter?

The cricket council matters quite a bit to the sport of cricket. If the cricket council wasn’t currently standing, then the whole league wouldn’t be governmentally recognized and multiple things about the league would be different. The best parts about the cricket council is that they do the following for our cricket league:
  • They set the rules for all of the teams to follow and set the guidelines for every game in the league. This includes setting up tournaments, playoffs, and the World Cup.
  • The council discusses any issues that happen in the league, such as expulsions, suspensions, and any issues with teams breaking the rules and the punishments they should get.
  • The council chooses what countries (over 100) and regions (currently 5) should be involved in the league happenings. If the council makes an executive decision, then it goes into effect immediately. Having a government body for the league makes things much more simple for every cricket team and makes it more organized.
  • The cricket council is in charge of all revenue that the league brings in and decides all of the necessary financial decisions.
  • The council appoints all of the umpires and referees that are in charge of the games to keep order in them.
Hopefully this detailed post opened your eyes to the history of the ICC and what they do for the league itself. They have a hard responsibility and are as efficient as other sports’ governing bodies (and thankfully lacking the corruption of FIFA).