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Best available person should be ICC chief: Morgan

Hong Kong: Former ICC president David Morgan is game with the idea of changing the constitution of cricket`s governing body in order to do away with the rotation policy for appointing its president provided the "best man for the job is selected."

The proposal to amend the ICC`s constitution has arisen from the rejection of John Howard for the vice-presidency last year. The issue will be taken up for ratification at ICC`s annual conference starting on Sunday.

"It was inevitable that the process for electing the president should come under review yet again," Morgan stated in reference to Howard`s rejection last year.

Morgan who was the head of the state body from 2008-2010 a website that that "Any change in the system for electing the president ensures that the best available person actually becomes president."

However Morgan is dead against the idea of presidents enjoying unlimited or timeless terms which many in cricketing fraternity believe is a BCCI brainchild.

"I have heard rumours of a new system involving unlimited or timeless terms of office for the president and believe that that would not be good."

Among the new proposals to be discussed in Hong Kong, is to grant authority to ICC`s 16-member Executive Board (made up of the ICC president, vice-president and the chief executive, 10 full member board presidents, three Associate member
representative) to "discuss the process and term of office (of President) from time to time."

As of now, none of the ICC three representatives on the Board, though its directors do not have a vote. Voting powers resting mostly in the hands of the 10 full-member nations, who need a two thirds majority – 7 out of 10 – to pass a decision.

Of the meeting, Morgan said, "Annual conference week is the one time in the year where the large part of the ICC`s membership comes together. It is the event which sees the top Associate members standing shoulder to shoulder with representatives of the Test-playing countries."

Morgan said that along with the presidency and Associates` role in several matters, the decision over the Decision Review System would be an important part of the decision making in Hong Kong.

"The DRS is hailed as a huge success around the world and it can`t be held back."

Morgan said that other than the "significant increase in correct umpiring decisions, one of the great benefits of DRS is that it has quite clearly improved player behaviour."

The former ICC supremo also stressed on the need to improve corporate governance.

"I continue to hold that view. In most countries of the world, boards of companies have to operate in accordance with certain principles that amount to good corporate governance. I have no doubt that the ICC will not delay in addressing this important issue."

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