Cricket: Imran first Singaporean voted as vice-president of Asian Cricket Council

Former SCA president intends to use new post to lobby for cricket to be in the Olympics

For the first time, a Singaporean has been elected as the vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

Former Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) president Imran Hamid earned a two-year term at the ACC's annual general meeting in Colombo last Sunday.

"Given that Asian Cricket is the dynamo that churns international cricket both on and off the field, it is a great honour for Singapore and myself to be appointed the vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council," said the 59-year-old lawyer.

One of Imran's top priorities in his new role is to negotiate with international cricket associations to push for the sport's inclusion in the Olympics.

According to Imran, about 80 to 90 per cent of association members are keen to see cricket make it into the Olympic arena.

Discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are ongoing, and Imran is optimistic that the bowlers and batsmen will make their debut in the 2024 Olympics, with the game to be played in the faster and abbreviated Twenty20 format.

A SEAT AT THE BIG BOYS' TABLE

(The appointment) gives Singapore an international profile in cricket - administratively we are at a very high level.

IMRAN HAMID, Asian Cricket Council vice-president, on what his new post means for the game in Singapore.

The ICC vice-presidency is not Imran's first high-profile appointment in the game. He has sat on the board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2008, and was just re-elected for another two-year term as associate member director last month.

"(The appointment) gives Singapore an international profile in cricket - administratively we are at a very high level," he told The Straits Times.

"It also gives me the opportunity to promote a game in which I have a belief is a gentleman's sport."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2016, with the headline 'Imran 1st S'porean voted as V-P of ACC'. Print Edition | Subscribe