Jay Shah ICC: For the second time in a row, Greg Barkley was elected without any opposition as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Clearly, the mighty Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is a major contributor to New Zealand’s selection for Barkley’s second consecutive term. In such a situation, BCCI’s special involvement in the ICC was bound to happen, which happened. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has been elected to head the powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee of the ICC. Let us tell you that Barkley’s term will be two years.
Greg Barkley elected for the second time ICC chairman
In addition to Barkley, Zimbabwe’s Tawengwa Mukuhlani was also in the race for the first chairman post, who later withdrew, leaving Barkley to be elected unopposed. Barkley said of his reappointment, “It is an honor to be re-elected to the International Cricket Council as Chamberman and I would like to thank my fellow ICC Directors for their support.”
jay shah appointed as the head of the finance and commercial affairs committee
Barkley was made the ICC chairman in November 2020. He was previously the Chamberman of New Zealand Cricket and the Director of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2015. He was elected unopposed which means he also had the support of BCCI in the 17-member board. Jay 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.
Shah of India will have ICC key to the safe
“Every member has accepted Jay Shah as the head of the Finance and Commercial Affairs committee,” an ICC source told PTI on condition of anonymity. 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 election makes it clear that he will represent the BCCI on the ICC board.
The post of the head of this committee used to be with India during N Srinivasan’s era, but the BCCI’s power was greatly reduced during Shashank Manohar’s tenure as ICC chairman. Former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was a member of this committee till last year.
India is the boss of world cricket business
An ICC source said, “India is the trade center of world cricket and more than 70 per cent of sponsors come from this region. Therefore, it is necessary that the finance and commercial affairs committee of the ICC should always be headed by the BCCI.
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