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Barclay said that both bilateral series and ICC events are essential for cricket. – File photo
The new chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Greg Barclay has said that there is no concept like ‘Big Three’ in cricket. Actually, India, Australia and England were to get the majority of global body revenue under the Big Three concept.
All the countries that play cricket are important
Barclay quoted the ICC as saying, “The Big Three are just ICC numbers.” All cricket playing countries are important to me. Some big countries give definite results to the ICC in terms of hosting and revenue. So we need to look at them, but there is no such thing as the Big Three. ‘
Both bilateral series and ICC events required
There was a perception about Barclay that he was in favor of a bilateral series and ICC events did not matter to him. Barclay denied all this and said that this is not true. He said, ‘Both bilateral series and ICC events are essential for cricket. Yes, I like bilateral series because they are lifelines for cricket.
We all want cricket to win
Barclay said, “When two countries play against each other, competition emerges.” It also captivates the fans. This does not mean that I hate ICC events. The ICC organizes world class events. Be it the Women’s T20 World Cup, or the ODI World Cup, these are all great tournaments. I want the bilateral series and the World Cup to take each other. So that cricket can win, because this is what we all want.
The health of cricket players also needs attention
Barclay also expressed concern about more cricket. He said, ‘Apart from this you also have tournaments like IPL and Big Bash League. You need to create balance among all. Also the health of the players has to be seen. We cannot expect them to walk according to us and spend the whole year playing. ‘
Appointed President of International Rugby League in 2020
Barclay first joined the ICC in 2012. He was appointed as the director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC). In 2016, he was made the chairman of NZC. He was also appointed the President of the International Rugby League in 2020. However, after being made the ICC President, he will now have to resign as the President of the International Rugby League.