Mike Hesson, the current head coach of New Zealand, has replaced Darren Lehmann as the Full Member Coach representative on the ICC Cricket Committee led by former India captain Anil Kumble. Lehmann resigned from his post as Australia’s coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering controversy in Cape Town in March this year, and as a result, he is ineligible to be a part of the committee.
Hesson has served as New Zealand’s coach since 2012. He steered New Zealand to the final of the 2015 World Cup. Under Hesson’s coaching, New Zealand also reached the third spot in the Test rankings in July 2015 and second in ODIs in May 2016.
Belinda Clark, the former Australia women’s captain, and Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland skipper, also have been included in the committee. Clark, who holds the record for the highest individual score in Women ODIs (229*), has been appointed as the Women’s Cricket representative, replacing England’s Clare Connor (who has completed her three-year term). Clark led Australia to World Cup titles in 1997 and 2005. She played 15 Tests and 118 ODIs, compiling 919 and 4,844 runs respectively.
Meanwhile, in the backdrop of Ireland gaining Full Member status, Coetzer, the Scotland opener, takes over from Kevin O’Brien as the Associate Members representative. Andrew Strauss and Mahela Jayawardene are serving as Past Player representatives. All the members have been appointed to the committee for a period of three years.
The Cricket Committee is set to meet in Mumbai on May 28 and 29 to discuss issues related to toss, Spirit of Cricket and Player Conduct, Day and Night Tests and World Test Championship playing conditions.
The ICC Cricket Committee:
Chairman: Anil Kumble
Ex-Officio: Shashank Manohar (ICC Chairman) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive)
Past Player representatives: Andrew Strauss and Mahela Jayawardene
Current Player representatives: Rahul Dravid and Tim May
Full Member team coach representative: Mike Hesson
Associate Members representative: Kyle Coetzer
Women’s Cricket representative: Belinda Clark
Umpires’ representative: Richard Kettleborough
Referees’ representative: Ranjan Madugalle
MCC representative: John Stephenson (MCC’s Head of Cricket)
Full Member representative: David White (NZC chief executive)
Media representative: Shaun Pollock
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