The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated in a press statement on Wednesday that BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the chair of the ICC men’s cricket committee, succeeding Anil Kumble. Kumble stood down after serving maximum of three three-year terms in the position. As part of the announcement on Wednesday, ICC head Greg Barclay remarked, “I am thrilled to welcome Sourav to the post of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee.”

His background as a world-class player and, more recently, as an administrator, will aid us in making future cricketing decisions,” Barclay added. “I’d also like to congratulate Anil for his great leadership over the last nine years, which has included strengthening the international game through more consistent and regular implementation of DRS and a comprehensive framework for dealing with dubious bowling actions.”

The ICC also confirmed that the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) would be continued in its current format, with the top two nations competing in a final following a two-year league phase. Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council has established a working committee to “examine the status of the Afghanistan Cricket Board and cricket in Afghanistan in light of recent governmental developments in the country.” Imran Khwaja, the group’s chair, is joined by Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo, and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja.

“Cricket is fortunate to be in a position to affect positive change in Afghanistan, with the national men’s team serving as a source of great pride and solidarity in a country where the youth have seen more upheaval and change than most,” Barclay added.

“We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB,” he added. “However, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and make any necessary decisions.”