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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
ICC welcomes new chief
Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani takes over the presidency from Malcolm Gray
New International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani will make his maiden speech on Thursday.

Mani, who is from Pakistan but is a London-based chartered accountant, has taken over from Malcolm Gray and will speak at the ICC cricket business forum at Lord's.

The ICC has been meeting all week and has been discussing the 2003 World Cup, the 2007 World Cup, the game's finances and technology.

England could find out whether they will be sued for forfeiting the World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare in March.

Together with New Zealand and India, England are seeking clarification on World Cup payments.

The Global Cricket Corporation (GCC), sponsorship rights holders for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, is thought to be seeking compensation of 32 million.

It cites a loss of revenue from a India's breach of a marketing contract, New Zealand's refusal to play in Kenya and a similar boycott of Zimbabwe by England.

The ICC, anticipating such a claim by the GCC, had already withheld payments due to the three cricket boards concerned.

But if the GCC's claim is upheld, there would still be a shortfall of more than 50% of the money that it is seeking.

With the various sides likely to seek legal advice to appeal against any rulings made, nothing hard and fast will be agreed.

New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) chief executive Martin Snedden said: "The best estimate is that it could all take between one and two years to resolve.

"It is quite a complex thing which is going in a lot of different directions."

But he conceded that funds already withheld by the ICC had forced a rethink by New Zealand administrators on future domestic funding.

"I will be highly surprised if there are not some casualties. We can't afford to spend money we haven't got," he said.

Player burn-out

Security matters are likely to be given a full airing, with members reflecting on the World Cup boycotts by England and New Zealand, and considering the global effect of worldwide terrorism on the sport.

The ICC could confirm whether some matches in the 2007 World Cup, being hosted by West Indies, could be played in the United States of America.

Another issue on the table is the volume of cricket. The current guidelines for the optimum level of cricket for countries suggest 15 Tests and 30 one-day internationals per year.

England and New Zealand will both lobby against a continuation of this as they argue the point of player burn-out, and they may receive support from Australia and South Africa.




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