New Zealand’s Greg Barclay elected as ICC chairman

New Zealand’s Greg Barclay has been elected as the new independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) beating Imran Khwaja after second round of voting.

New Zealand's Greg Barclay elected as ICC chairman

He succeeds India’s Shashank Manohar for the post. Manohar stepped down earlier this year after completing his two-year term. So, ICC was searching for a new chairman after his departure.

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The name of the new chairman of the ICC was announced by the organization last Wednesday. A two-thirds majority was required of the 16-member ICC board. As the 11th member country, South Africa supported Greg Barclay.

Barclay has been a director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012 and is currently NZC’s representative on the board of the ICC. He will step down from his position at NZC to lead the ICC.

Regarding his appointment, Barclay said: “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. 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.

“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.”

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