The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), wanting to have a strong hold in the ICC, is keen to have an Indian as the next chief executive.
''It is understood that Bindra, backed by Pawar, may get the post. However, two strong candidates from South Africa are also in the fray,'' the Gulf News said.
The two-day International Cricket Council Board meeting to be held in Dubai from tomorrow will decide the successor to Speed.
Speed is set to step down soon after the ICC Annual Conference to be held in June/July. The Board meeting will consider a recommendation from a four-member sub-committee made up of the ICC president Ray Mali, vice-presidents David Morgan, Sharad Pawar and Creagh O'Connor of Australia.
The two-day meeting will strongly debate the impact of the IPL and ICL.
Top players from different countries have signed up to take part in the IPL and all the cricket boards are likely to demand what would they gain for releasing their best players to play in India.
Many cricket boards feel that some of their top players have announced their retirement only to join IPL and hence they may ask for compensation from the BCCI.