Greg Barclay has been chosen as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He is the commercial lawyer and director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012. On Tuesday, the governing body of the sport declared the news. Greg Barclay has succeeded Shashank Manohar of India as the second independent chairman of ICC.
After his election, he will currently step down from his post as the representative of NZC on the ICC board. He will replace Imran Khwaja at ICC. Khwaja had been filling in as the interim chairman of the council after Manohar's two-year term concluded in July.
Greg Barclay elated after his election
Earlier, Greg Barclay was the chairman and board member of the Northern Districts Cricket Association. During ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015, he also served as a director of the event. Moreover, the newly-appointed ICC chairman has the experience of a company director. He has held numerous board positions with different Australian and New Zealand organizations.
On the occasion of his achievement, Greg Barclay mentioned that it is an honor for him to be elected. He expressed gratitude to his fellow ICC Directors for their support. He hoped that everyone can join to lead cricket and emerge from the worldwide pandemic in a strong position and ready for development.
Barclay added further that he is looking forward to work in association with the ICC Members to make cricket stronger in the core markets and develop it beyond that. Barclay also said that he wished to ensure that the whole world can enjoy cricket through its development. He accepts his position as a caretaker of cricket very seriously. Furthermore, he has focused his attention to work on behalf of all 104 ICC members and create a bright future for cricket.
In the end, Barclay expressed his gratitude to Imran Khwaja for his guidance as acting ICC Chairman during the toughest time of cricket. He is waiting to continue a close working association with Khwaja in the future.