Greg Barclay is the new ICC independent chairman.
The 54-year-old New Zealand lawyer has been named to the top job in cricket’s world governing body, putting an end to months of squabbles and internal wrangling. Needing a two-thirds majority from the 16-person ICC board, he finally got the 11th vote from South Africa which was enough to carry him over the line.
He defeated Singapore-based Imran Khawaja to the role, who had been performing the job in an interim capacity since Indian lawyer Shashank Manohar stepped down in July after his term in office came to an end.
The race to succeed him was characterised by bitterness and wrangling, with a power struggle carried out between the larger test-playing nations and the smaller member associations. That created a vacuum at the top of the game for months, but that is hopefully now at an end. However, one of Barclay’s first jobs will be to try and heal some of the internal rifts that have been created. In addition, he must tackle the unique challenges facing the game due to the global pandemic.
Barclay has also said that one of his major objectives is to try to protect bi-lateral international series between countries. He is also In favour of promoting another ICC global event – along the lines of a World Cup – a proposal also supported by Khawaja.
Barclay has a long association with cricket administration. He was a director of the 2015 ICC Men’s World Cup, and, back in his native land, was a former board member and chairman of the New Zealand Northern Districts’ Cricket Association.
He is currently New Zealand’s representative on the ICC board. However, he will be relinquishing that position in order to operate as an independent chairman.
A commercial rights lawyer by profession, Barclay also sits on the board of a number of New Zealand and Australian companies.