Monday the annual quarterly meeting of the ICC started.© AFP
The ICC board of directors could be involved in a three round voting process to choose the next independent chairman between Greg Barclay and Imran Khwaja in case the magic number 11 is not reached on the first count. The annual quarterly meeting of the ICC started Monday and the electronic voting process will involve the 16 board of directors – 12 full member (Test playing countries), three associated countries and an independent female director (Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo). Barclay from New Zealand or Khwaja from Singapore will need at least 11 votes (2/3 majority) to win the election, but with a broken mandate it will be difficult for both to get a two-thirds majority.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, there will be three rounds of voting. “If neither candidate gets that number of votes (after the first round), there will be another round of voting – probably later this week.”
“Should that also not produce a winner, there will be a final round of voting. If there is not a two-thirds majority after that, then it is assumed that Khwaja will be appointed as the new chairman for a specified period. Voting will be electronically cast,” the said website.
It is clear that India, along with SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia), will vote for Barclay, which will support teams playing more bilateral series that fit the financial model of these boards in a harsh economic environment .
Khwaja, on the other hand, is backed by Ehsan Mani, the Chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and the former Chief of the Singapore Cricket Council is a proponent of increasing ICC events that will increase associated countries’ revenue pool. Khwaja is currently the interim chairman since Shashank Manohar decided not to seek a third term as chairman.
The Singapore-based attorney is known within ICC circles as a Manohar counselor.
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