Greg Barclay, a commercial lawyer and director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012, has been elected as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The governing body of the game announced the news on Tuesday. Greg Barclay has succeeded India’s Shashank Manohar as ICC’s second independent chairman.
He will now step down from his post of NZC’s representative on the ICC board and replace Imran Khwaja at the helm. Khwaja had stepped in as the interim chairman when Manohar’s two-year term ended in July.
Greg Barclay is a former board member and chairman of the Northern Districts Cricket Association. He also served as a director at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015. The newly-appointed ICC chairman has an experience as company director too, having held many board positions with various New Zealand and Australian companies.
“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,” Greg Barclay said.
“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,” he added.