Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas took charge as the ICC President on day three of the ICC Annual Conference week in Barbados. Zaheer replaces BCB President Mustafa Kamal, who resigned from his post following his brain faded comments and activities during the 2015 ICC World Cup in which his team Bangladesh lost to India in a match that had a controversial decision.
Zaheer began his one-year term and thanked the ICC Board and the Full Council for confirming his nomination. He said: I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the President of the governing body of our great game. 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 PCB for proposing my candidacy as the ICC President. I assure you all that I will stand shoulder to shoulder with all the ICC Members as we continue to strive to inspire more and more people to fall in love with the game we cherish.
ICC Chairman N Srinivasan congratulated Zaheer on his appointment. Srinivasan said: 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. 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.