Imran Khwaja Is Set To Run For Cricket’s Prime Job As ICC Chairperson Contest Heats Up


Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) interim chairperson Imran Khwaja is about to contest the management of the game’s international governing physique in what shapes as a two-horse race with New Zealand’s Greg Barclay.

After months of hypothesis since Shashank Manohar departed as chairperson mid-year, Khwaja and Barclay, in accordance with sources, are anticipated to be nominated by present board administrators on Sunday (October 18) and formally settle for the nominations by mid-week. Below present guidelines, a nominee for chairperson must be both a previous or current director. 

Whereas it’s shaping as a battle between Khwaja and Barclay, a 3rd candidate may emerge as a “tactical method”, in accordance with sources. If nominated – and seconded, per the principles – as anticipated, former Singapore Cricket Affiliation president Khwaja will run for cricket’s prime job, in accordance with sources. He’s striving to be the primary ICC chief from outdoors the Full Member nations – the 12 elite nations in cricket’s tiered system – however has been the interim chairperson for greater than three months.

The pragmatic Khwaja has finished the arduous yards by being a long-time presence on ICC boards and committees. The 64-year-old is seen by his backers as having the “independence” and “integrity” wanted to safeguard cricket by a tumultuous interval, the place the ICC is predicted to work by progressive reform to deal with monetary inequity amongst nations – with fears rising for the way forward for smaller cricket nations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Below Manohar and Khwaja’s management, the ICC had initiated a extra inclusive method and considerably diminished the heft of the ‘massive three’ – India, England and Australia – which pushed the a lot derided energy seize and skewed monetary distribution components in 2014.

There’s, nonetheless, some reluctance over somebody not from a Full Member ascending to the highest and there may be believed to be renewed vigor from the ‘massive three’ to as soon as once more seize the reins. After a lot media hypothesis, India’s governing physique received’t push ahead a candidate.

Lately departed England boss Colin Graves had for a while been touted because the frontrunner – and supposedly boasting ‘massive three’ assist – however his potential candidacy nosedived lately. Barclay, a director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012, has emerged because the “compromise candidate” – as dubbed within the Indian media – of the ‘massive three’. 

Cricket in New Zealand has been lengthy hailed as properly run underlined by the continuous success of the boys’s nationwide group, who got here inside inches of being World Cup champions final 12 months.

NZC, nonetheless, didn’t oppose the unpopular energy strikes of the ‘massive three’ in 2014. “There isn’t any level taking India on head on; it is simply not going to work,” Barclay stated in 2016. “They make the cash together with, to a lesser extent, England and Australia.

“We had to have a look at it from a practical and industrial perspective. From our perspective, nothing stays as it’s. There was at all times going to be modifications.”

There was widespread media conjecture over the voting course of and whether or not a two-third majority might be wanted to elect a chairperson or if it’ll revert to a easy majority. Below the ICC’s unchanged structure, the two-third majority might be wanted – which means 11 out of 16 votes is required.

The competition might be held by a secret poll subsequent month but when a winner shouldn’t be decided after three makes an attempt then Khwaja will mechanically be the chairperson for the subsequent 12 months.

An ICC governance overview would should be undertaken to undergo the election course of.

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