29 Jun 2014

Cricket's Future Tours extended

7:43 am on 29 June 2014

Cricket's Future Tours programme has been extended until 2023 at a Board meeting of the International Cricket Council in Melbourne.

New Zealand's Martin Snedden has been approved as the chair of the board's governance review committee after India's controversial representative, Nara-yana-swami Srini-vasan, took control of cricket's governing body.

Across cricket's three formats, the ICC says the Future Tours programme now has more certainty around long-term planning, with balance between home and away matches.

The Netherlands and Nepal have been given T20i status alongside the likes of Ireland and Papua New Guinea, while an agreement was made that international venues should set boundaries to their maximum possible size.

The former Black Cap Martin Snedden backed the appointment of Srinivasan to chair the board, as the Chennai Super Kings owner fights corruption allegations in India.

West Indies cricket president James Cameron and Pakistan board chairman Najam Sethi have been awarded seats on the International Cricket Council's new executive committee, but South Africa has been snubbed from the game's new world order.

India, England and Australia keep permanent seats on the executive, which has drawn comparisons with the United Nations Security Council, with two of the seats elected on an annual basis by the ICC board.