International Cricket Council (ICC) interim chairman Imran Khwaja is set to contest the leadership of the sport’s global governing body in what shapes as a two-horse race with New Zealand’s Greg Barclay.
After months of speculation since Shashank Manohar departed as chairperson mid-year, Khwaja and Barclay, according to sources, are expected to be nominated by current board directors on Sunday (October 18) and officially accept the nominations by mid-week. Under current rules, a nominee for chairperson has to be either a past or present director.
While it is shaping as a battle between Khwaja and Barclay, a third candidate could emerge as a “tactical approach”, according to sources. If nominated – and seconded, per the rules – as expected, former Singapore Cricket Association president Khwaja will run for cricket’s top job, according to sources. He is striving to be the first ICC leader from outside the Full Member nations – the 12 elite countries in cricket’s tiered system – but has been the interim chairperson for more than three months.