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Kumble joins ICC committee

Colombo, Oct 11 (RDI): International Cricket Council (ICC) Board on Thursday unanimously appointed former Indian captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.41-year-old Kumble will succeed former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd in the role.

The decision was taken during the ICC Board meeting in Colombo.

Kumble has taken 619 Test and 337 One-Day International wickets in his international career.

"In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator with Karnataka State Cricket Association as well," ICC President Alan Isaac said in a statement on Thursday.

"I am sure that he will carry on Clive's good work and bring, like Andrew Strauss, contemporary thinking to the committee and both understand clearly the issues facing the modern game," Isaac said.

In another reshuffle, the ICC Board unanimously supported the nomination of retired English cricketer Andrew Strauss as a replacement of Ian Bishop in the committee after the former West Indies cricketer, who represented former players, indicated that he was not seeking an extension to his term.

Isaac said: "I would like to thank Clive Lloyd for his chairmanship of the ICC Cricket Committee and to his tireless contribution to the game. The ICC Board were united in their admiration for his work as chairman. We also thank Ian Bishop for his contribution during his term as well."

The ICC Board also agreed to extend the terms of both Mark Taylor (representing former players) and David Kendix (statisticans) for a further term.

The ICC introduced a Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) fund of US$ 12 m in January 2012 to help develop more competitive teams at the highest level by targeting the lower ranked Full Members and higher ranked Associate/Affiliate Members for assistance.

The Board had previously received applications and made awards to Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland at their June meeting.

"In Colombo the Board received applications and agreed to award Netherlands $1.5m, Zimbabwe $1.5m and $3m to the West Indies - all over three years. Cricket Canada also made an application and were asked to resubmit next year," read the statement.

On the issue of domestic anti-corruption and anti-doping codes, the ICC Board said it was informed that all 10 Full Members now have implemented both the domestic anti-corruption and anti-doping codes.

"The Board also received reports from various Board committees and the Chief Executives' Committee," the ICC statement said.

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