Greg Barclay elected as ICC’s new chairman
Greg Barclay has been elected as the Chairman of the ICC, it was announced on Wednesday (November 25). It was understood that he secured the all important 11th vote from Cricket South Africa to clinch the post, beating Imran Khwaja, the interim chairman.
“It is an honour to be elected as the Chair of the International Cricket Council and I would like to thank my fellow ICC Directors for their support,” said Barclay after his appointment. “I hope we can come together to lead the sport and emerge from the global pandemic in a strong position and poised for growth.”
“I look forward to working in partnership with our Members to strengthen the game in our core markets as well as grow it beyond that ensuring more of the world can enjoy cricket. I take my position as a custodian of the game very seriously and am committed to working on behalf of all 104 ICC Members to create a sustainable future for our sport.”
Barclay has been the director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012 and is currently the board’s representative to the ICC. In order to lead the ICC in an independent capacity, he will step down from his NZC role. He was also the director of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2015, which was held in Australia and New Zealand.
Shashank Manohar stepped down from chairmanship earlier this year, after which Khwaja was appointed as the interim chair.
“I’d like to thank Imran Khwaja for his leadership as acting ICC Chair during a difficult period for the game and I look forward to continuing a close working relationship with him in the future,” Barclay, a commercial lawyer, concluded.