ICC celebrate 50 years of World Cup Cricket.

Day 4 of the Annual Conference was slightly less intense with just 2 workshops in the morning and the afternoon AGM.

An earlier start saw all delegates participating in interactive sessions hosted by external speakers and ICC revolving around the conference theme of Connecting Cricket with Kids.

The first session was hosted by Kids Industries, entitled Unleashing the Potential: Developing Children’s Cricket Fandom from a Young Age, and the second session was hosted by the ICC’s Head of Digital Finn Bradshaw on Engaging with Kids through Digital Content Strategies, a timely presentation as all forms of digital access sits on our doorstep in the form of the fibre optic cable for St Helena.

Greg Barclay Chair of ICC led the afternoon session which was the AGM and among the topics, of particular interest to St Helena was a brief presentation by Deputy Chair Imran Kwawaja, who following the unanimous resolution to pass a single class of membership, made a presentation to the board of the ICC on the matter and they agreed that a full paper on the way to achieve a tier of full membership should be presented to them.

Another interesting part of the afternoon was the presentation on the Development

Awards. There were awarded to

Nigeria – female cricket initiative.

Namibia – Men’s performance

Rwanda – Women’s performances

Uganda – Digital fan engagement.

Namibia – Cricket for Good campaign.

Very interesting to note that all five of the award were awarded to African countries with Namibia getting a hatrick of the awards.

The evening saw all delegates head to the Mount Edgecombe Golf and Country Club for the customary closing of the Conference Dinner.

The theme of the Members Dinner was a celebration of 50 Years of Cricket World Cups, and we heard from familiar faces of previous events what the format means to them, their CWC highlights, and their expectations ahead of the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

These included -Viv Richards, Karen Smithies, Jacques Kallis and Lisa Sthalekar. A great evening, will great company and a wonderful meal at which each member was gifted an ICC-marked cricket ball celebrating 50 years of World Cup Cricket.

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