Kuala Lumpur: The ICC's annual conference opens in Kuala Lumpur with much that is ceremonial to be decided in its five days. The inauguration of a new president, Alan Isaac of New Zealand, at the end of Sharad Pawar's two-year term, the confirmation of the choice of Dave Richardson as the new ICC chief executive, and a significant constitutional amendment for the fourth time in 16 years.
The conference will begin quietly with a Sunday session involving the Chief Executives Committee, which is made up of the CEOs of the Full Members as well as three Associate representatives. It is this session that could indicate what direction the rest of the conference is likely to take. The ICC Board will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss, among other things, the Woolf recommendations on governance.
The CEC meeting may be expected to discuss affairs of cricketing import - particularly the most recent recommendations made by the ICC's cricket committee - but its consequences will be entirely political.