In a BCCI-backed appointment, former India leg-spinner L. Sivaramakrishnan replaced Tim May as a players’ representative on the ICC Cricket Committee here on Monday.

“... Sivaramakrishnan is one of the two current player representatives (replacing Tim May). The other current player representative is former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has been on the committee since 2007,” the ICC said in a statement.

Three-year term

“Sangakkara and Sivaramakrishnan were recently elected by a vote of the 10 Test captains, and will serve on the Cricket Committee for a three-year term from 2013-15,” it added.

The appointment was preceded by the head of South Africa’s players union’s recent allegation that Indian interests have forced a re-vote for the position of players’ representative.

Tony Irish, who is also on the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), had said initial voting for the post by the 10 Test captains had chosen FICA chief executive May, who has been a long-term senior players’ advocate.

The ICC further announced that the annual Cricket Committee meeting would take place in London on May 28 and 29.

Kumble to head

The committee will be chaired for the first time by former India captain Anil Kumble.

It will be the first ICC Cricket Committee meeting for Sivaramakrishnan and former England captain Andrew Strauss.

The Cricket Committee’s remit is to discuss cricket-playing matters and to make recommendations to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board that will meet at Lord’s during the annual conference week, from June 25 to 29.

The ICC Cricket Committee:

Chairman: Anil Kumble.

Ex-Officio: Alan Isaac (ICC President) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive).

Past Player representatives: Mark Taylor and Andrew Strauss.

Current Player representatives: Kumar Sangakkara and L. Sivaramakrishnan.

Full Member team coach representative: Gary Kirsten.

Women’s representative: Clare Connor.

Member Board representative: David White (NZC Chief Executive).

Associate representative: Trent Johnston (Former Ireland player).

Media representative: Ravi Shastri.

Umpires’ representative: Steve Davis.

Referees’ representative: Ranjan Madugalle.

MCC representative: John Stephenson (MCC’s Head of Cricket).

Statistician representative: David Kendix.

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