The International Cricket Council (ICC) and LG have joined forces to produce and promote the LG-ICC Test Championship, the LG ICC One-Day International Championship and the first-ever official player rankings, the LG-ICC Player Rankings.
Speaking on the occasion, Malcolm Speed, ICC Chief Executive, said, “Since the introduction of the ICC Test Championship in May 2001 it has been our ambition to complement this with an ongoing championship table for One-Day International cricket and official player rankings.” He added, “The ICC ODI Championship was introduced in October 2002 and today’s announcement means that due to the support of LG we now have a full suite of official rankings.”
M. B. Shin, Deputy MD, LG, said, “LG Electronics has established itself as a major international sports sponsor and has partnered with top sporting associations and bodies globally. In terms of cricket, LG’s commitment to the game extends far beyond mere ads and sponsorships; we are truly committed to the development of the overall quality of the game in the long run.”
Commenting on the association, Salil Kapoor, Head Marketing, LG, said, “The LG-ICC Player Rankings are the first official ranking brought out by LG and ICC, and we are proud to have LG associated with the ICC. This cricket ranking is the first ranking system for cricket to have official recognition and endorsement of both the sport’s governing body and all of its members. Players, experts and fans alike will keenly follow the player rankings and in times to come the LG ICC Player Rankings will literally be the international ‘benchmark’ for all cricket stakeholders.”
Sunil Gavaskar and Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly attended the announcement of this partnership. There are six different tables in the LG-ICC Player Rankings for batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders in Test match and One-Day International cricket. The top Test batsman is Rahul Dravid while the top Test bowler is Glenn McGrath. Australia affirmed its top spot in the LG-ICC Test Championship with a recent 3-0 home series victory over Pakistan. It also leads the way to the LG-ICC ODI Championship tables in which New Zealand is its closest challenger.