There are a few key roles in Indian cricket that are up for grabs, but the most crucial of them all might be a place on the International Cricket Council (ICC). At a recent meeting, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Apex Council authorized the office-bearers to create the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the men’s 2023 World Cup, an organizational need for next year’s big tournament.

The composition of the LOC might be finished soon, perhaps by the end of this month, according to one of the office-bearers, although there is always speculation in the BCCI about who would lead the ICC at next year’s apex event. Granted that India is hosting the event, there is a school of thought within the BCCI that the ICC chairmanship should be given to India.

The BCCI, on the other hand, has a strong relationship with current ICC head Greg Barclay and is unlikely to upset him. Barclay was reportedly quite helpful to the BCCI during the Twenty20 World Cup last year, clearing the data quickly. Following a request from BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Barclay intervened to clear an essential file on one occasion. The BCCI and Barclay have an excellent relationship, and the Indian board was instrumental in Barclay’s nomination to the ICC.

Barclay’s first two-year term expires this year, with some confusion about whether it would finish in December, as he was elected in December 2020, or at the ICC annual meeting in July, when the new chairman traditionally takes over. According to the rules, the chairman is eligible for two further two-year terms.