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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

L Sivaramakrishnan elected to ICC Panel.....

During the 1985 World Championship of  Cricket, downunder, Tony Greig pronounced ‘Siva Rama Krishna’ – the Lord Destroyer….. he was bowling so well, beating batsmen, taking wickets and showing the World that a spinner could do well in the limited overs format by attacking and getting wickets. Leg spin is an art ~ it is too pleasing to see Amit Mishra and Karen Sharma bowling in tandem for Hyderabad Sun risers…….. now comes the happy news that our own Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is elected to ICC panel.  

Read in Cricinfo that Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, the former India legspinner, has joined Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara as a players' representative on the ICC cricket committee, replacing the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) chief executive, Tim May. Sivaramakrishnan, currently a commentator on Indian television, is learnt to have beaten May in a fiercely contested election that saw intense lobbying by both sides.

The ICC confirmed Sivaramakrishnan's appointment in a release on Monday, saying: "Sangakkara and Sivaramakrishnan were recently elected by a vote of the 10 Test captains, and will serve on the Cricket Committee for a three-year term from 2013-15." Former England captain Andrew Strauss has replaced Ian Bishop as 'Past Player representative', the release said. "Strauss is one of the two Past Player representatives (replacing Ian Bishop), while Sivaramakrishnan is one of the two Current Player representatives (replacing Tim May). The other Current Player representative is former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has been on the committee since 2007."

Based on nominations received by it, the ICC board had proposed three names - those of Sangakkara, May and Sivaramakrishnan - for the two players' representative positions. Sangakkara, sole current player, is expected to be elected unanimously while Sivaramakrishnan is believed to have received six of the ten votes in the other slot, for former players. The representatives are elected by the captains of the ten Test-playing countries, who cast their votes in a secret online ballot. Sivaramakrishnan had been backed by the BCCI, which, ESPNcricinfo has confirmed, contacted at least one other member country "requesting" support. He is also believed to have been backed by one more country, independent of the BCCI. Incidentally, though he has been elected as a players' representative, India has no recognised players' association.

May, the former Australia offspinner, has been the public voice of players' concerns globally since establishing FICA in 1998. He was, however, handicapped by the fact that FICA is recognised by only five Full Members of the ICC: Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, the first four of whom are understood to have supported his nomination. Apart from FICA's limited global influence, one factor that is believed to have gone against May was his sustained criticism of the running of Twenty20 tournaments including the IPL, Sri Lankan Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League. It is believed that this won him few friends on the Asian boards.

Tony Irish, the chief executive of the South African players association, criticised the BCCI's interventionist approach to the election process. "It's a sad day for the governance of cricket when players aren't allowed to freely elect their representatives," Irish was quoted as saying. "Cricket is a global game and the decisions that are made should be global decisions for the benefit of the global game, not for the benefit of one country, whichever country that is." However, a member of a board that voted for Sivaramakrishnan contested that view. "It is disingenuous for FICA or its supporters to protest because in an election, candidates canvas votes and FICA did the same thing on Tim May's behalf. The fact is that May didn't have the support of many captains and that showed in the votes. Suggestions that May had the support of nine captains to start with are completely baseless."

The ICC cricket committee is a leading decision-maker for the game's governing body in on-field matters, including playing conditions such as the use of the DRS to review umpiring decisions. It is headed by Anil Kumble, the former Indian captain, and includes Andrew Strauss and Mark Taylor (past players), Gary Kirsten (Full Member team coach representative), David White (Member board representative), Steve Davis (umpires' representative), Ranjan Madugalle (match referees' representative), John Stephenson (MCC representative), David Kendix (statistician), Trent Johnston (Associate representative), Ravi Shastri (media representative) and Clare Connor (women's representative).  [in blue reproduced from]

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan was born in 1965 and made his debut when he was just 17.  Not doing any justice to his talent, he played only 9 Tests and 16 One dayers. He took 26 Test wickets and 15 ODI wickets……. Looks too low now… remember his superb spell of 7 for 28 on his Ranji Trophy debut against Delhi in 1981-82.  At 17 years, 118 days he became the youngest Indian Test player against West Indies in Antigua later that season.  After World Cup, when England toured India in 1984-85, the Bombay test was all his as he took 12/181 and won the match for India; in the next innings he took another six wickets.  

The tour to Sri Lanka in 1985 proved disastrous for him and Sadanand Vishwanath ~ Siva did not do well in Australia too a few months later. He did make a brief comeback as a member of the 1987 World Cup squad but he was not a success.  Sadly that  `boy wizard'  faded into oblivion ……………… too much of expectation – initial promise, was not justified later……..

Intend posting more on this election – wait for part 2 of this post

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.
7th May 2013. 

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