Super Strauss to clear up cricket?

October 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment


There were rumours he would go into politics, with punters on Betfair putting money on him becoming a Tory MP by the next general election, but former England captain Andrew Strauss has instead chosen a different diplomatic route after joining the International Cricket Council’s committee.

Strauss, who retired from England duty this summer, replaces Ian Bishop on the cricket committee and will join a board of 16 members to decide and deliberate aspects of the international game.

The move is seen as a good one for UK cricket, for the ECB now has a relatively young yet very experienced former player within the ICC ranks. It is hoped Strauss can do some good at committee level, with a number of issues continuing to trouble the international game.

Only recently the ICC launched a match-fixing probe into allegations six officials were willing to fix scores during this year’s World Twenty20 tournament after an undercover investigation by India TV.

Meanwhile, cricketing schedule in general is in a bit of a mess and with the emergence of financially-beneficial T20 domestic leagues there is a sway towards the short-form that could ruin Test cricket in the not-too-distant future.

The IPL has set a benchmark for how far cricket can develop if marketed properly but the extravagant spending on big-name players is already a huge concern. The Deccan Chargers are up for sale after financial mismanagement and the ICC committee may have to outline fiscal rules to prevent such a predicament ruining the sport.

The Betfair cricket odds predicting a life in Parliament may now be distant a punt, but Strauss will still have plenty of political manoeuvring to do in his new position. It can only be a good thing that one of England’s Ashes heroes will not simply slide into obscurity now his professional career is over. Indeed, a position on the ICC board may well be in the pipeline should Strauss help resolve some of cricket’s desperate issues.

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