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Benj Moorehead: ICC president doesn't speak out

December 16th, 2009 by Benj Moorehead in International, Test cricket, The media

I was invited to The Oval this morning to attend a press conference with David Morgan, former ECB chairman and current ICC president, no less. Up for discussion were the prospects of a World Test Championship, day-night Tests, the pink ball and India’s enthusiasm for Test cricket.

What did we get? Either “I don’t have the answers” or a vocal enactment of the dreaded ICC press releases (I don’t want to hear the word “pinnacle” again). Here’s a sample:

“There is the suggestion the BCCI are dragging their feet on Test cricket matters: is that fact or fiction?”

“How do you see a Test Championship panning out?”
“I can’t tell you because I don’t know.”

“Will it be based on rankings or climax with a play-off?”
“There could well be a climax but I don’t know the answer to that.”

“What do you make of the fact that Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three Tests in 15 months and India two – against Bangladesh – in the next 10 months?”
“It’s disappointing but all boards are engaged on making Test cricket relevant to spectators and cricketers and there is no doubt that the cricketers aspire to play Test cricket.”

“What can you tell us about the pink ball?”
“I am not competent enough to answer that.”

“What is the situation with WADA and India regarding the whereabouts-clause for drug testing?”
“Progress is being made.”

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one there wondering whether the snow was settling on The Oval pitch.

Benj Moorehead is editorial assistant of The Wisden Cricketer

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2 Responses to “Benj Moorehead: ICC president doesn't speak out”

  1.   Valerio says:

    The ICC president seems to be a bit of a mickey mouse position. The role does not seem to command much respect or influence. There are some huge issues facing the sport which need to be dealt with. Test cricket is the major one. Proper pitches that give bowlers a chance would be a good place to start.

  2.   Paddy Briggs says:

    Morgan is one of the most cautious people I have ever met in the world of cricket. He was at the ECB and he still is. I have far more hope of the CEO Haroon Lorgat who is much more open and easier to have a chat with. You won’t ever get much out of David M!

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