Scots cricket chairman on to ICC board

KEITH Oliver, the chairman of Cricket Scotland, has been nominated as one of the executive board directors of the International Cricket Council, the world governing body.

The board of the ICC is the senior level of governance in the game and is made up of the chairmen of the ten test playing countries (full members) and three representatives of the 94 associate and affiliate members. Oliver was elected by this constituency of voters at the ICC annual conference currently being held in Singapore.

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Oliver, a partner in Edinburgh legal firm HBJ Gateley Wareing, has been chairman of Cricket Scotland since 2002 and has presided over a huge expansion in cricket activity in Scotland. During his tenure, participation has risen to over 30,000, with 12,000 cricketers competing in organised cricket activity each week. In his eight years of chairmanship, Cricket Scotland has moved from an organisation turning over 500,000 and employing six staff to the current position of turning over 1.8m and employing over 30 full-and part-time staff.

Commenting on the appointment, Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland's chief executive, said: "It is fantastic news that Keith has secured a place on the ICC Executive Board. His experience and skills as a leading administrator in the game will be a great asset to the ICC."