25.11.2020,13:11 239 0

Will Cricket South Africa Help make Greg Barclay the New ICC Chair?

Will Cricket South Africa Help make Greg Barclay the New ICC Chair?

In this article, we look at the underway ICC election of a new chairman and speculate on the chances of New Zealand cricket’s Greg Barclay beating Imran Khwaja and getting elected to the position. We discuss the composition of the electoral college and explain what it will take for either candidate to win.

There has been a leadership vacuum in the ICC but that could end soon. New Zealand Cricket’s Greg Barclay could be the new chair of cricket’s governing body. The second round of the ICC election has got over and the results are awaited. The winner of the election would need 11 of 16 votes. While the process has been confidential, there is conjecture that Barclay may have flipped the vote of Cricket South Africa to garner the 11 votes he needs to beat Imran Khwaja.

The Composition of the Electoral College

The chair of the ICC is elected by an electoral college consisting of its 16 directors. These include representatives of the 12 full members, three directors representing associate members and the independent director, Indra Nooyi. The winner would need to get a two-thirds majority, i.e. 11 votes.

Who Supports Whom?

Barclay is said to have the support of Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland and West Indies, while Khwaja is said to be backed by Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Thus, Barclay needs one more vote and that could come from Cricket South Africa.

First Round of Voting Ends in Stalemate

The first round of voting took place on Tuesday, 17 November. However, the election in which secret ballots were cast did not result in a conclusive verdict, as neither candidate for the post of chairman managed to get the required two-thirds majority. The ICC announced that there would be two more rounds of voting.

Polarized Electoral College

The electoral college has been polarized, divided into a majority group and a minority group. Ehsan Mani, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), heads the minority group which has managed to keep Barclay from winning the first electoral round. The ICC expects to complete the process by December 2. If no concrete result emerges in favour of one or the other candidate after the three rounds of voting, the current chairman, Imran Khwaja, will keep his position until July.

Could CSA Be the Dark Horse?

The identities of the 10 electoral college voters supporting Barclay are known, as are those of the 4 supporting Khwaja. But there is a question mark over how Scotland, South Africa and the independent director will vote. While two of them could vote for Khwaja, there is speculation that CSA could prove to be the gamechanger by providing Barclay with the 11th vote he needs. Cricket South Africa is reported to be wracked by internal problems. It is not quite clear who is representing the South African board which had interim management backed by the South African government that the CSA board subsequently rejected. In the past, CSA has not supported the majority group led by the Big Three, namely England, Australia and India. However, that could be about to change as some powerful stakeholders are reported to be applying pressure on CSA, perceived to be the most likely member of the minority group to change loyalties.

Liked? Share:
0   voted
Similar news
Cricket Australia Board Endorses Earl Eddings for Second Term as Chairman
Cricket Australia Board Endorses Earl Eddings for Second Term as Chairman
Read more

The Cricket Australia (CA) board has unanimously endorsed Earl Eddings as chairman for a second term. However, even if Eddings got elected chairman, he would have to give up the post when a deputy chair gets appointed in 2022, in keeping with a succession plan devised by CA. Some States Opposed to Eddings Eddings has […]

Rameez Raja Elected Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman
Rameez Raja Elected Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman
Read more

After being elected unopposed, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja has taken charge from Ehsan Mani the former chairman, whose three-year tenure in the post has thus ended. Raja Nominated by Prime Minister Imran Khan Expectedly, Rameez’s nomination papers were the only ones received by the PCB for the post […]

Sourav Ganguly Wants Postponed Old Trafford Test to be Fifth Test of Series
Sourav Ganguly Wants Postponed Old Trafford Test to be Fifth Test of Series
Read more

The Manchester Test that was cancelled will be rescheduled and the replacement match will be a continuation of the five-Test series between England and India, according to BCCI President Saurav Ganguly. India was unable to play the Test following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian camp. The fate of the series was left hanging […]

CSA Won't Get SJN Report before September 30 Deadline
CSA Won’t Get SJN Report before September 30 Deadline
Read more

18 October 2021 has been set as the date for the resumption of the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings by Cricket South Africa. The hearings — which began more than three months ago — were expected to resume seven weeks earlier. Consequently, the final report by advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, the ombudsman for the hearings, […]

England Could Field Understrength Ashes Squad as ECB Resist Postponement
England Could Field Understrength Ashes Squad as ECB Resist Postponement
Read more

England are likely to field a second-string squad in the Ashes after the ECB reportedly refused to consider postponing the tour. The England players are said to be considering their choices. The whole team — including support and coaching staff — could collectively decide not to proceed on the tour. Players Reluctant to Subject Families […]

Pakistan Name Squad for T20 World Cup
Pakistan Name Squad for T20 World Cup
Read more

Khushdil Shah and Asif Ali have been recalled to the Pakistan squad for the T20 world cup scheduled to begin next month in the UAE. A 15-man squad has been named that will host New Zealand in five matches later in September in addition to playing two home matches versus England ahead of the global […]