The International Cricket Council is a governing body regulating both domestic and international cricket games. It has three categories of membership. Each of these has its own set of rules, which have to be adhered to by all players and officials.
ICC’s three classes of membership
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has three classes of membership. They are Affiliates, Associates, and Full members. These classes represent different levels of play.
Associate membership is the next level for countries with cricket roots. In this classification, a country is given a vote and one-time voting rights. Again, it means a nation has a more sophisticated playing structure.
Affiliate membership is for those governing bodies that adhere to ICC laws and regulations. There are 58 governing bodies in this category.
Full members have recognized cricket governing bodies. Ten nations are full members. Their representatives are qualified to play official Test matches.
ICC has offices in numerous countries. Members receive exclusive member rates and discounts on various products and services. ICC also provides critical programs and services to its members.
ICC’s move to Dubai
The International Cricket Council has moved its headquarters from London to Dubai. It will also open a case management center in Abu Dhabi.
The move was hailed as a milestone by ICC president Ehsan Mani, and if all goes according to plan, it will be the first major sporting event of its kind to take place in the Middle East.
In the past, the ICC’s primary operations have been split between Monaco and London. But this year, the organization announced that it would converge all of its activities into one office in the UAE.
While the ICC has had a storied relationship with the UAE since the 1980s, its decision to relocate its global headquarters to Dubai was fueled by tax breaks and the desire to be closer to centers of cricketing power in South Asia.
ICC’s governing of domestic cricket in member countries
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is a cricketing body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of discipline and professionalism in international cricket. This includes its anti-corruption unit and Code of Conduct for players, umpires, officials, and administrators. ICC also deals with action against bribery and match-fixing and organizes major international tournaments.
The ICC has 108 members in total. These include Full Members, Associate Members, and Foundation Members. In addition to these three classes of membership, there are Affiliate Members, who are 60 governing bodies in countries with a recognized cricket law.
While most of the ICC’s business involves the organization of major international tournaments such as the Cricket World Cup, it does not govern domestic cricket within its member nations. Instead, the ICC sets and enforces rules about international matches and promotes the sport globally.
ICC’s governing of international T20, One Day and test matches
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body for cricket. It is responsible for organizing all major international tournaments. As well as setting the professional standards of discipline and playing conditions for all international cricketers, it coordinates action against match-fixing and other corruption.
ICC governs international T20, One Day, and Test matches. There are 105 member nations, including Australia, England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Nepal, France, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
ICC organizes qualifying tournaments for various international main events. In addition, the ICC runs the Twenty20 Cricket Tournament for Women in the Commonwealth Games.
ICC also has a ‘Code of Conduct,’ designed to set professional standards of discipline for all international cricketers. It is based on the Laws of Cricket.
ICC’s rules for umpires
The International Cricket Council introduces some new rules. These changes will help to keep the balance between the bat and ball in international cricket matches.
In particular, the ‘decision review system’ (DRS) has been implemented. This technology-based process assists match officials with decision-making.
The DRS allows a TV umpire to look at the decisions made on the field. For instance, if the batsman tries to run and gets out, the on-field umpire can give him five penalty runs.
Also, a new bat gauge will be issued to umpires. This new gauge will be used to check whether the bat is legal.
The new rules also introduce new size restrictions for the edges of bats. They can no longer exceed 40mm in diameter.