ICC, Jay Shah: New Zealand’s Greg Barclay was unanimously elected as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a second term on Saturday. Apart from Barclay, BCCI (Cricket Board of India) secretary Jay Shah was elected to head the ICC’s all-powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee at the board meeting.

Greg Barclay’s term will be of two years :-

Barclay’s term will be for two years. Barclay was elected unopposed after Zimbabwe’s Tawengwa Mukuhlani withdrew. The ICC Board reaffirmed its full support for Barclay.

Barclay said on his re-appointment, “It is an honor to be re-elected as Chairman of the International Cricket Council and I would like to thank my fellow ICC Directors for their support.”

Greg Barclay was elected unopposed in the 17-member board :-

Barclay was made the ICC chairman in November 2020. He was previously the Chairman of New Zealand Cricket and the Director of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2015. He was elected unopposed. It means he also had the support of the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) in the 17-member board.

Jay Shah has been made the chairman of this important committee :-

Shah has been entrusted with the responsibility of chairing the most important committee of the ICC. This committee makes all major financial policy decisions after which the ICC Board approves them.

An ICC source told PTI on the condition of anonymity, “Every member has accepted Jay Shah as the head of the finance and commercial affairs committee. Apart from the ICC chairman, it is an equally powerful sub-committee.

The finance and commercial affairs committee is always headed by an ICC board member and Shah’s selection makes it clear that he will represent the BCCI on the ICC board.

The post of the head of this committee used to be of India during N Srinivasan’s era. But the BCCI’s strength was greatly reduced during Shashank Manohar’s tenure as ICC chairman. In fact, there was a time during the tenure of the Committee of Administrators when the BCCI did not have any representation in the Committee on Finance and Commercial Affairs.

Former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was a member of the committee till last year :-

Former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was a member of this committee till last year. An ICC source said, “India is the commercial hub of global cricket. More than 70 per cent of the sponsorships come from this region. Therefore it’s necessary that the Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee of the ICC should always be chaired by the BCCI.

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