Executives from the ICC and leading world cricket councils have agreed to meet more regularly in 2017 in an effort to ensure their productivity rate drops to its lowest possible level.

Research conducted at Manchester University has shown that the key elements of ‘progress’ and ‘action’ are significantly reduced when decision makers are kept in meeting rooms discussing ‘shake ups’ and ‘radical plans’.

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“The basic message from the data is, if you don’t want to achieve anything, have a meeting” explained Professor Alan Cudd.  “Time spent talking about issues and debating possible solutions appears to have two marked consequences” he explained.  “There appears to be a correlation between the number of people in the room and the level of ‘radicalness’ achieved. The higher the number, the lower the “shake up”. he went on. “Combine this with the physical time spent in conversation and you have a perfect recipe for a lack of change”

ICC officials and members of the ECB are said to be particularly encouraged by the newly found evidence and are reported to have increased their diary activity in the coming months by over 35% as a result.