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Dravid, Jayawardene in ICC cricket committee

16Rahul Dravid, the former India captain, and Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka captain, have been appointed to ICC cricket committee for the next three years.

Former India captain Anil Kumble was re-elected the chairman of the committee for another three-year term and Richard Kettleborough replaced the retired Steve Davis as the umpires’ representative. Kettleborough has won the ICC’s Umpire-of-the-Year award thrice.

Dravid, along with Tim May, the former chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association, were chosen by current Test captains to represent the interests of the current players. They replaced Kumar Sangakkara and former India legspinner L Sivaramakrishnan, whose tenures had lapsed. Jayawardene was picked to do the same role with respect to past players. He took over from Mark Taylor.

Dravid and Jayawardene played all three forms of cricket for over a decade, scoring more than 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs. Since retirement, they have both had success as commentators and were sought after as coaches. Dravid is in charge of the India Under-19 and A teams while Jayawardene had a stint with England as batting consultant.

The cricket committee has the authority to recommend changes to the rules by which the game is played. The implementation of these changes depends on the ICC board ratifying them.

After a batting-friendly 2015 World Cup, played under the rule that a maximum of four fielders were allowed on the boundary after the 40th over, the ICC cricket committee proposed abolishing the bowling Powerplay and allowing for an extra fielder outside the inner circle for the final 10 overs. The ICC put the changes into practice a month later.

The next meeting of the cricket committee is scheduled for May 31 and June 1 at Lord’s, three weeks before the ICC annual conference in Edinburgh.

The ICC cricket committee: Anil Kumble, chairman; Shashank Manohar and David Richardson, Ex-officio; Andrew Strauss and Mahela Jaywardene, past player representatives; Rahul Dravid and Tim May, current player representatives; Darren Lehmann, Full Member coach representative; Kevin O’Brien, Associate representative; Clare Connor, Women’s cricket representative; NZC CEO David White, Full Member representative; Ravi Shastri, Media representative; Richard Kettleborough, Umpires representative; Ranjan Madugalle, Referees’ representative; John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket