India prone to again New Zealand’s Greg Barclay for ICC chairman’s submit | Cricket Information

NEW DELHI: The BCCI is prone to again the candidature of New Zealand’s Greg Barclay over Singapore’s Imran Khwaja within the elections for the ICC chairman, a submit vacated by India’s Shashank Manohar after two phrases in July this 12 months.
Barclay and Khwaja are the one two candidates contesting for the chairman’s submit and the 16-member omnipotent ICC Board is about to vote within the first week of December.
Whereas hectic back-channel talks are on to discover a unanimous candidate and put up an image of unity among the many Board of Administrators (largely comprising of member nations), it’s extremely unlikely that Khwaja can have the backing of the Indian cricket board.
“The BCCI is extra aligned with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and people who matter in Indian cricket board discover Barclay as a extra appropriate candidate for the submit. Additionally Khwaja’s coverage positioning is not precisely in favour of Indian cricket,” a senior official, aware about developments within the ICC board, advised PTI on situations of anonymity.
“However one month is a giant time in cricket’s administrative politics. If Khwaja can come round and possibly be on the identical web page with the BCCI, you by no means know. Barclay, together with his deal with bilateral cricket, is extra acceptable to India,” the veteran administrator, who has seen many a board room battles, mentioned.
There are a number of points resulting from which present ICC deputy chairman Khwaja will not discover favour with the BCCI.
Firstly, the position performed by him together with Manohar to roll again the proposed income mannequin by which India, England and Australia stood to realize extra.
The matter was up for vote and Khwaja and Manohar, had again then, gathered sufficient votes to crush the BCCI.
Secondly, the ICC in 2019, had drawn up a tough calendar for the 2023 FTP cycle and until 2028, each 12 months, there was a senior males’s flagship occasion stored in that, the revenues from which might have benefitted the smaller nations.
It’s understood that the white paper that ICC ready had Khwaja’s tacit assist. In reality, BCCI had sturdy objections to such a proposal.
Nonetheless, within the submit COVID-19 world, each board, which has had a number of bilateral sequence cancelled, wish to squeeze in as a lot of them as there may be good-looking income era by means of broadcasting rights.
That Khwaja won’t have BCCI’s backing can be a given contemplating his proximity to Pakistan Cricket Board head Ehsan Mani.
The BCCI and PCB have had their share of variations within the ICC board.

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