The newly-appointed ICC chairman, Greg Barclay has made it clear that he doesn’t adhere to the public created notion of the ‘Big Three’ which included the BCCI, ECB, and CA. Barclay said that all teams would be treated equally.
Greg Barclay, a commercial lawyer and director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012, has been elected as the new chairman of the ICC replacing Shashank Manohar. He also served as a director at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia.
There are lots of misrepresentations in the media: Greg Barclay
In his early words as an ICC president, Greg Barclay stormed his opinions that no board will be given any unfair advantage and all countries will be treated equally. Barclay added that the concerns of different members – who provide the major share of the revenue for the ICC – will be taken into account; however, there is no ‘Big Three’.
Greg Barclay said in a video posted by the ICC,“There is no big three as far as I am concerned. I don’t subscribe to it at all. All members are important and should be treated equally.
“I do accepts concerns of members could be different … I do accept that some of those bigger countries can provide certain outcomes to the ICC along the lines of hosting and revenue so again we need to take that into account and recognize that but there is no big three.”
The ICC boss rubbished the speculations in the media that he is in favour of bilateral series over ICC events. He said that while bilateral series is important as it keeps the cricket going throughout the year. However, global events will be managed with the utmost importance, Barclay assured everyone.
Barclay opined that two countries competing with each other in bilateral ties regularly keep the competition relevant and fans engaged. Greg Barclay said that bilaterals boost the development of players, and the game.
“There has been a lot of misrepresentation in the media around that that I am in favor of bilateral cricket over world events. But the fact is, of course, I am an advocate of bilateral cricket, it is the lifeblood of cricket in all countries.
“Countries playing each other on a regular basis sustained competitive relevant competition is what drives fan engagement. It is what drives the development pathways, it is a vital part of cricket,” Greg Barclay added.