International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson has said Shashank Manohar, the ICC Chairman, who also heads the BCCI, is a principled man and is trying to reform the governance structure in both the bodies.
“Any improvements on the governance of any country, as far as the ICC is concerned at this stage, is fair enough. I know that our new Chairman Mr. Manohar is a very principled man and seems to be interested or trying to at least adhere to the principles of no conflict of interest when it comes to governance of the game,” Richardson said at a promotional event in Chennai.
“I think he is quite keen that the ICC should also look at those aspects of governance. Certainly, the ICC will be encouraged to work with countries having good governance and good administration and good performances,” he added.
India is set to host the World T20 Championship in March-April this year and Richardson brushed aside suggestions that security would be a concern.
“The fact is that the world has become more complicated today and security has become more challenging. That is not in India alone and it includes many ICC-recognised countries around the world. We are at it and we make sure that every team and its players whether it is Pakistan or Sri Lanka, we provide the best security possible,” he said.
On the ICC’s bid to make cricket an Olympic sport, Richardson said, “We held a discussion with the IOC in November last year. There are lots of pros and cons to consider so we are not in a position yet to say yes that we want cricket to be part of Olympics.
“It is also not that easy to get into the Olympics. Perhaps during middle of this year, we would be able to give a clearer direction on this matter.”