Pakistan's Abbas is new ICC president
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC:
Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has been installed as the new president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The 67-year-old, who played 78 Tests and 62 one-day Internationals from 1969 to 1985, replaces Bangladeshi Mustafa Kamal, who controversially quit the post following the Cricket World Cup last April.
"I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the president of the governing body of our great game," said Abbas, who was confirmed on the third day of the historic ICC Annual Conference on Wednesday.
"This is the sport which has given us friendship, respect, recognition and an opportunity to serve our countries in different capacities. Personally speaking, it has given me more than I can ever possibly repay.
"I am thankful to all of you for the support and confidence placed in me by confirming my nomination. I am also grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for proposing my candidacy as the ICC president. I assure you all that I will stand shoulder to shoulder with all the ICC members."
Abbas, who has served as an ICC match referee in the past, will serve a one-year term in the post before handing over to a candidate from South Africa, under the ICC's rotation policy.
ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan lauded the former player's appointment.
"Zaheer's outstanding career as a stylish right-handed batsman is reflected in his remarkable record with 108 first-class hundreds and more than 7,500 international runs," he said.
"Zaheer is clearly an iconic cricketer who always played the game with skill, flair and in the true spirit. He is a worthy ambassador of our great game."
Abbas managed 5,062 runs in Tests and made 34,843 runs in his first class career.
The ICC annual conference, which is being staged in the Caribbean for the first time, concludes today.