The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board will face a challenge for his job in the aftermath of the controversy that led to Kevin Pietersen being ousted as captain.
Giles Clarke has chaired the board September 2007 and is being challenged by businessman/politician Jonathan Marland.
Chairmen of the 18 first class counties and the MCC will vote on who gets the job next month.
Marland, 52, is a member of the House of Lords and a former treasurer of the opposition Conservative party.
His chances of victory are seen as depending on the extent to which the county chairmen believe Clarke mishandled the clash between former coach Peter Moores and Pietersen which resulted in Moores being dismissed and Pietersen being effectively stripped of the captaincy earlier this month.