Kuala Lumpur, June 28 (IANS) India's Sharad Pawar stepped down as the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and was replaced by New Zealander Alan Issac.
Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, became the eighth president of the ICC.
Former South African Test player David Richardson, who was the general manager (cricket), was also confirmed as the next chief executive and successor to Haroon Lorgat, who stood down after four years.
Isaac will serve for a two-year term and he expressed his honour at his election.
"When I look at the list of previous Presidents, I am reminded of the importance of this office. In the midst of my pride at being chosen as President, I recognise that there is, of course, much hard work and much progress needed if we are to maintain the game's current healthy state," said Issac,
"I believe that the challenges ahead are no less daunting than those we have faced in the last two years if we are to maintain the vibrancy and viability of the three formats of the sport," he added.
"We are fortunate as a sport - indeed unique - to have three different formats at international level. We will all strive not only to preserve those formats but to build on their foundations. In that way the ICC will continue to oversee a great sport and we will all work to make it even greater."
Issac said, "I look forward to serving the game with honesty and integrity and to the best of my ability. I look forward to handing on the guardianship of the sport with the game enjoying even greater health."
Richardson, who played 42 Tests for South Africa, has been ICC's general manager - cricket for the last 10 years.
"It is a real honour to be confirmed as the ICC Chief Executive and I want to pay tribute to Haroon Lorgat. I have learnt much in the last four years and I inherit a game in great health with much to be optimistic about. I look forward to building on that and tackling the challenges ahead," he said.
The ICC Annual Conference agreed to create the post of ICC chairman, remove the role of ICC vice-president and vary the role and powers of the ICC president, all with effect from the close of the 2014 Annual Conference. The formalisation of these amendments give effect to the principles agreed by the ICC Board earlier this year.
Until the end of the 2014 Annual Conference, the role of the ICC president will remain in its current form, but from the end of the 2014 Annual Conference it will become ceremonial in nature with a term of only one year.
A new role of chairman of the ICC will be created from the end of the 2014 Annual Conference. The term of office will be two years and the chairman will be appointed by the Board at its first meeting following the 2014 Annual Conference.
Russia and Hungary were confirmed as new Affiliate Members of the ICC but Switzerland was removed as an Affiliate Member having been suspended at the 2011 Annual Conference for failing to comply with the ICC's membership criteria and remaining unable to do so by the 2012 Annual Conference. There are now 106 members of the ICC.
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