Greg Barclay. (Source: Twitter)

Greg Barclay has been elected as the ICC’s new chairman. Barclay, the NZC head, secured an all-crucial 11th vote from Cricket South Africa in the second round of voting, to beat Imran Khwaja.

“New Zealand Cricket’s been pretty clear in our view around the bilateral playing arrangements, we want to make sure from an international point of view that there is relevance and currency and interest in the international programme. We certainly don’t want to be totally reliant on an ICC events programme,” Barclay told New Zealand’s Radio Sport earlier this year.

“The commonality in terms of the five is that we’ve been quite well voiced that we want to see our bilateral rights protected because we see genuine value in them,” Barclay said. “The Black Caps are playing well at the moment, they’re reasonably well ranked, they’re getting good opportunity to play against some of the better countries and we’re fortunate that we produce reasonable revenue out of it. So absolutely we want to see those bilateral rights catered for.”

“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 an ICC release. “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. 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.”

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