Former Pakistani Skipper Zaheer Abbas began his new ‘innings’ as he assumed the role of ICC president on day three of the ICC Annual Conference week in Barbados on Wednesday on a one year term.
A veteran of 78 test matches, Mr Abbas was formerly the ICC match Referee too in a 1993 series between the hosts Sri Lanka and West Indies.
“I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the President of the governing body of our great game. said the 67 year old.
“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.” added the man who is the only Asian batsman with a century of first class centuries.
Meanwhile ICC charman N Srinivasan congratulated his colleague on his top honour.
“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.” said the former BCCI chief.
Zaheer Abbas led the Pakistani team in 14 tests and 13 ODIs and played in the 1975, 1979 and the 1983 world cups for his country.