Greg Barclay has been re-elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) without any opposition. During an ICC board meeting on Saturday, Barclay’s opponent Dr. Tavengwa Mukuhlani withdrew from the election process which automatically made Barclay the winner of the ICC Election. He will hold the office in his second term for another two years.
As reported earlier on the election day there were two contenders with Barclay heavily favored by the board members to win the face-off. With just one majority needed for the contested to be declared as elected, Barclay got the support of more than a dozen of directors in the 17-member board, including the support of the BCCI.
The general perception in the ICC is that if Mukuhlani joins the board as Chairperson he would represent small full member nations which are largely dominated by BCCI, CA & ECB on one side & Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka & Zimbabwe on the other side. While nations like New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies & South Africa are in the middle.
Commenting on the election, Mukuhlani said: “I would like to congratulate Greg on his re-appointment as ICC Chair, as the continuity his leadership will provide is in the best interests of the sport. I, therefore, decided to withdraw my candidacy.”
Greg Barclay thanked fellow Directors for Re-Electing him as ICC Chairman
After getting re-elected as ICC’s Chairman by fellow directors, Barclay thanked them for their constant support. He said that over the last few years the board has made a significant move ahead with the launch of their global growth strategy which has provided a clear direction to the board to build a sustainable future for cricket. He further highlighted that they had a great time being involved closely with the sport & will continue to work with Member Nations to strengthen the game in core markets & to help it grow beyond that ensuring that the majority of people enjoy cricket.
Grega Barclay a New Zealander was initially appointed as the ICC Chairman in November 2020. He had previously served as the Chairman of New Zealand Cricket & was also a director of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015.
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