The International Cricket Council (ICC) has created a new in-house lawyer position.
Urvasi Naidoo will take up the organisation's in-house lawyer position in April next year. She is currently working in Utah as a brand lawyer for the Salt Lake Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. Naidoo will take up the London-based position at the beginning of next April. She will report to ICC chief executive officer Martin Speed, who is himself a qualified barrister. Speed said: "There is a sizeable and growing amount of complex legal work connected to the business of cricket and it is important that the world governing body has its own specialist resource to handle it in a professional and decisive way." Naidoo, who is experienced in both sports law and brand protection, will take a substantial part of that work in-house. Simmons & Simmons will lose out as the firm previously handled all ICC work, but it will be kept on as the international body's sole external adviser.