The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday that The Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the ICC World Test Championship finals. The matches will be held in 2023 and 2025. The announcement came on the final day of the ICC’s annual conference in Birmingham. Lord’s was also originally designated as the location for the World Test Championship final (2019–2021). Later it was changed to Southampton.
VVS Laxman and Daniel Vettori were confirmed as the current player representatives on the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee. Former West Indies cricketer Roger Harper will join Mahela Jayawardene as the second past player representation on the committee. The ICC board accepted the FTPs for 2023–2027 for both men and women. Adding to this the calendar will also be released soon.
In the meantime, the ICC accepted Associate Membership applications from Uzbekistan, Cote D’Ivoire, and Cambodia. Cote D’Ivoire is now the 21st member from Africa. While Cambodia and Uzbekistan are the 24th and 25th members of the Asian division. With the most recent additions, ICC now has 108 members, 96 of whom are associates.
ICC revokes Russia’s membership
Cricket Russia’s membership was also revoked by the ICC. It has been suspended since the 2021 Annual General Meeting “due to continued non-compliance since July 2019”. Additionally, the ICC made the decision to postpone Ukraine’s membership application “until cricket activity is able to safely resume within the country”.
The Afghanistan Working Group sent an update to the ICC. They have also sent details on the state of women’s cricket in the nation. Imran Khwaja, the working group’s chair, Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo, and Ramiz Raja were selected by the International Cricket Council. Their role is to assess the state of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the sport in the nation. In the upcoming weeks, representatives of the ICC will meet with ACB and government authorities.