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International Cricket Council

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the governing body of Cricket worldwide. The ICC is responsible for handling most of the organization and governance of the biggest Cricket Tournaments in the world, notably The Cricket World Cup and the T20 World Cup. The ICC, however, is not responsible for the organization of bilateral matches nor does it govern over domestic tournaments within countries.

The ICC was founded by the name of the Imperial Cricket Council in 1909, with representatives from England, Australia and South Africa. The name was then changed to International Cricket Council in 1965 until it finally settled on the current title in 1989. The ICC had 12 Countries as Full Members of the Council while there are 92 associate members. The Council is responsible for determining the professional standards for International Cricket and maintains integrity of the sport with the ICC Code of Conduct and the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, which takes actions against match fixing and corruption. However, it does not hold the authority to change or alter the rules of the game, a right which has remained under the Marylebone Cricket Club since 1788.

Until quite recently the power over the Cricket Council was held by the ICC president, which became mostly an honorary position in 2014, following the installation of the position of an ICC Chairman. The first Chairman under this new structure was Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who was the former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). When the position of the President was abolished in April 2016 following the resignation of Mustafa Kamal in 2015, Shashank Manohar who replaced Srinivasan became the first Independent elected Chairman of the ICC.

At SLMUN 2021, we will be simulating this committee as ICC’s vision is to implement strategies to ensure the development  in Cricket, as they want to make Cricket a much more prominent sport than its current state in the world of sports. The simulation will help delegates understand the importance of making a sport claim success on a larger scale. As a country that has been a frontrunner of the game, it is important for delegates to understand how to bring more people into the sport, with creative events. Most of all it is important to understand how to use entertaining sports as they have always been a way of bringing people together in the midst of unrest. The reason for having this particular Council is because cricket is particularly close to our hearts, as that has been the one event where Sri Lankans have collectively come together.