Rahul Dravid is likely to join the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council ICC). An offer is understood to have been made to the former India skipper. If he accepts the role, he will be replacing L Sivaramakrishnan, who has been one of the two players’ representatives in the policy-formulating committee of the world body. There are different versions over Dravid’s entry into the committee that is headed by his former India and Karnataka teammate, Anil Kumble. It is said that Dravid has been elected by the captains of the international teams, something that takes place every three years.
In the last election, Sivaramakrishnan, proposed by N Srinivasan, got controversially elected ahead of Tim May. Interestingly enough, May himself comes back into the committee as the second representative of the current players. However, a Board of Control union (member), who was on the committee for 12 years in the past, told this paper from his US home. He further said, “I am given to understand that the ICC, unlike in the past, has approached the captains directly and did not involve the national boards,” May said. As mentioned above, the two current players’ representatives to the committee change every three years. Apart from Sivaramakrishnan, Kumar Sangakkara is the other outgoing players’ representative.
There could be a few changes to the panel as well. Ravi Shastri, who has been part of the committee as a representative of the media, may have to make way as he has been part of the Indian team. But it is learnt a decision over his continuation has not been taken, for Cricket in India (BCCI) member said Dravid’s name to the panel was proposed by it. Dravid did not respond to a text message. Sivaramakrishnan, however, welcomed the change. “If the news is true, I will compliment the BCCI for proposing Rahul’s name. He is a very deserving candidate to be on that panel,” the former India spinner told the Ahmedabad Mirror.
“I have completed my three-year term and I’m happy for Rahul.” Meanwhile, May said he is glad that the international players have welcomed him back. “When I left the committee, the situation was different. Now the atmosphere is much better and the new ICC chairman is much respected and an honest man. I’m looking forward to re-joining the panel,” May stated.