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Kiwi gets top ICC job

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There was re­lief, and some trep­i­da­tion for New Zealand Cricket chair­man Greg Bar­clay af­ter wak­ing to an email con­firm­ing him in one of sports’ most pow­er­ful roles.

The Auck­land-based com­mer­cial lawyer will end his eight-year stint on the NZC board for the big one: in­de­pen­dent chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil. It leaves NZC seek­ing a new chair and board rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the ICC, with for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Sned­den one ob­vi­ous can­di­date.

Bar­clay suc­ceeds Shashank Manohar in the top job af­ter head­ing off Im­ran Kh­waja – the in­terim chair since Manohar va­cated his seat nearly six months ago – af­ter a se­cret bal­lot at the gov­ern­ing body’s quar­ter­ly­meet­ing.

He re­quired a two-thirds ma­jor­ity to usurp Kh­waja, which he didn’t quite achieve af­ter the first round of where Bar­clay got 10 of the 16 votes. That changed to 11 in the sec­ond round, the re­sult con­firmed in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

‘‘It’s a mix­ture of emo­tions, that the process is be­hind us. It’s been quite a di­vi­sive and pro­tracted af­fair,’’ Bar­clay told Stuff.

‘‘[There’s] a lit­tle bit of trep­i­da­tion, if I’m hon­est. I know it won’t be easy and will have a lot of chal­lenges, and that’s ex­ac­er­bated by the fact we are hit by the pan­demic. It will be hard, with­out a doubt.

‘‘But I’m qui­etly look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a chance to make a dif­fer­ence and try to make it a bet­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion and get the board more uni­fied and fo­cus on col­lec­tively mov­ing us for­ward.

‘‘I’ve been there long enough and been around cricket long enough to know some of the things that are need­ing to be done.’’

Among the first pri­or­i­ties is for­mu­lat­ing a Fu­ture Tours Pro­gramme and ICC events for the next cy­cle from 2023-2030, and go­ing to the broad­cast mar­ket.

Sim­ply cre­at­ing a mean­ing­ful sched­ule for men’s and women’s in­ter­na­tional cricket amid Covid19 and travel re­stric­tions makes it a tough ini­ti­a­tion.

The first video hook-up for the board – 12 full ICC mem­bers, three rep­re­sent­ing the as­so­ciate mem­ber coun­tries, and in­de­pen­dent fe­male direc­tor In­dra Nooyi – will be later this week to plot the way for­ward.

Bar­clay didn’t covet the role but knew he had ma­jor­ity back­ing and felt as some­one ex­pe­ri­enced in the ICC board work­ings he could po­ten­tially make a dif­fer­ence.

He was a direc­tor of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 and is a for­mer board mem­ber and chair­man of the North­ern Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘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,’’ Bar­clay said in a state­ment.

‘‘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.’’

Bar­clay be­comes the high­es­tranked New Zealand cricket of­fi­cial since for­mer chair Alan Isaac, who was ICC pres­i­dent from 2012 to 2014.

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