League Notes: ICC Hires Company To Monitor Security Concerns In Pakistan
The Int'l Cricket Council hired a security company on a three-year term "to aid the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan," Pakistan Cricket Board Chair Najam Sethi said on Tuesday. The company will visit the country "during either the last week of August or the first week of September." Sethi said that the security team will visit the country each year and the ICC will pay it $400,000 for every visit (DAWN, 8/16).
The Committee of Administrators has sought the removal of BCCI "office-bearers," including acting President C.K. Khanna and Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, "for non-compliance of Lodha Panel reforms." In a "scathing report" submitted in the Indian Supreme Court, the two-member COA -- comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji -- asked that "governance, management and administration" of the board be handed over to them along with a professional group headed by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri until the elections are held (PTI, 8/16).
China "plans to launch an ice hockey league" in '18 to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. According to Chinese Ice Hockey Association General Secretary Fang Xuefeng, the men's ice hockey league will be launched with six Chinese clubs in Aug. or Sept. '18. The CIHA is" still considering regulations to allow foreign players in the league." Every club will be "required to partner with one university ice hockey team to train university players for the league" (YUTANG SPORTS, 8/15).
The British Horseracing Authority announced "a series of measures aimed at reducing the number of non-runners." There was a near-8% rise in the number of non-runners in '16. The BHA will hand out punishments to those whom it considers repeat offenders. As such, league tables will be produced quarterly, "giving details of the rate of non-runners from individual trainers" (SKY SPORTS, 8/16).