Zim to remain in world cricket – new ICC chief

HARARE - The future of international cricket will include a revised international schedule, a stronger Zimbabwean team, improved technology for umpires and a decline in Australia's on-field dominance, according to incoming International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

A private equity specialist and former chief selector with Cricket South Africa, Lorgat was confirmed as Malcolm Speed’s successor after a protracted search.

Speaking to The Age from Cape Town on Sunday, Lorgat envisaged that the addition of Twenty20 cricket — and particularly the Indian Premier League — to the domestic and international calendar could prompt an overhaul of the Future Tours Program.

“The IPL is something that is exciting and can be used to enhance and grow the game around the globe … I think all three forms of the game are sustainable. It’s just about finding the right balance,” he said.

Lorgat stressed the need to strengthen the game in its traditional strongholds, rather than expanding into new frontiers. As part of that, he envisioned Zimbabwe remaining in the international cricketing fold, despite well documented financial irregularities at board level and a team that remains in Test exile.

“I am an eternal optimist, and perhaps my timing isn’t bad in terms of the political situation in Zimbabwe,” he said.

“I think the game needs to strengthen vertically, rather than horizontally, and a part of that will be strengthen Zimbabwe … I am quietly confident they can again be competitive internationally.”

In his former role as chief selector with South Africa, Lorgat once infamously described the Australian team as “very ordinary”. Diplomacy would presumably prevent him from repeating such a charge now, but he did suggest that recent retirements within the Australian team could lead to a more level playing field in international cricket. – Sports Reporter

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