Greg Barclay, a commercial lawyer and director of New Zealand Cricket over the past eight years, has become the International Cricket Council's new independent chairman.
Barclay replaces interim chairman Imran Khwaja, who had stepped in to temporarily succeed India's Shashank Manohar following the end of the latter's two-year term in July.
Barclay was NZC's representative on the ICC board – a position he will have to vacate in order to lead the sport's world governing body.
He was the director of the ICC World Cup 2015 that was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand and has served as chairman of the Northern Districts Cricket Association.
"It is an honour to be elected as the Chair of the International Cricket Council and I would like to thank my fellow ICC Directors for their support. I hope we can come together to lead the sport and emerge from the global pandemic in a strong position and poised for growth," Barclay said in a statement.
"I look forward to working in partnership with our Members to strengthen the game in our core markets as well as grow it beyond that ensuring more of the world can enjoy cricket," he added. "I take my position as a custodian of the game very seriously and am committed to working on behalf of all 104 ICC Members to create a sustainable future for our sport."
He also outlined the importance of his organisation's ability to deliver on the promise of conducting pinnacle events in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has created financial and logistical constraints.
"We have got to deliver the world events that are to come and those that are postponed," Barclay told Reuters. "Not just for the cricketing outcomes but there are commercial concerns as well."
"If we fail to deliver all of those events then we will be penalised by the broadcasters and we won’t receive the last of the ongoing payments," he further stated.
The 2020 T20 World Cup set to be held in Australia in October was postponed to 2022 with the next major ICC event scheduled to be the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.