“The Governance of Cricket – the Governance Challenges Facing English Cricket: the Perspective of the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA)”.

“The Governance of Cricket – the Governance Challenges Facing English Cricket: the Perspective of the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA)”.

Wednesday 21st October 2009
Medawar Lankaster Lecture Theatre (University College London),
Malet Place, (off Torrington Place),
London WC1
(For directions please see the pdf map).

Given by:
Ian Smith, Legal Director, Professional Cricketers’ Association


Cricket is one of the world’s most popular team sports. It is also a sport which, in terms of its organisation and governance, over the last ten years has undergone some of the most radical developments of any professional sport globally and thus offers lessons for administrators and managers across the sport business spectrum. These developments include:

  • The launch by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the lines of football’s English Premier League and the National Basketball League (NBA) of the US.  The IPL is a professional Twenty20 cricket league created and promoted by the BCCI and backed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which works on a franchise-system based on the American style of hiring players and transfers, and which draws players from a global player market
  • The fragmentation of playing formats from the traditional 5 day Test structure with the 20 over Twenty20 format increasingly seizing a wider audience.
  • The tension between the demands of domestic county cricket competition in England, and the demands of the international Test competitions such as the Cricket World Cup, and more particularly bilateral competitions between individual countries.
  •  The increasing influence of TV broadcasters on the development of the game in the aftermath of the 2006 BCCI broadcasting deal, which altered the economic and political landscape dramatically in India’s favour.

In this presentation Ian Smith presents a broad historical overview of the development of the “industry” of cricket over the last decade, from the particular viewpoint of the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA). He concludes his analysis with some suggestions for regulatory reform.



Ian Smith is Legal Director of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). He was a solicitor in private practice for 12 years, ending as a partner at Clarke Willmott and an acknowledged expert in sports law before going in-house in 2004. He is a specialist in sports governance and the relationship between athletes, their employers and their sports’ governing bodies. He has advised and represented athletes before disciplinary and anti-doping panels and adjudicated on cases involving anti-doping procedure and related disciplinary proceedings as well as, more recently, player registration issues in cricket where regulations have been changed to take account of the new Twenty20 Leagues – so called “unauthorised cricket”. He designed and implements the education programme for all first class professional cricketers in England and Wales. He has been on the anti-doping panel for every International Cricket Council (ICC) Event for the past three years. He is an advisor to a number of organisations on governance and anti-doping policy, including The Federation of International Cricket Associations (FICA), the Professional Players Association (PPF), the League Managers’ Association (LMA) and the European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes).

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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