Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2015

ICC officially appoints Zaheer Abbas as their new President

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Pakistan’s former captain Zaheer Abbas has been named as new President of International Cricket Council(ICC) in their annual conference at Barbados on Tuesday.

The 67 year-old Zaheer Abbas has filled the vacant space and honorary role left by Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal, who resigned from this post after a controversy for presenting the trophy to the World Cup winners of 2015.

Zaheer was termed as one of the finest batsman produced by Pakistan, he was also known as the Asian Bradman. The runs scoring machine played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs for his country from 1969 to 1985.

While talking to the media, Zaheer said, ‘I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the president of the governing body of our great game.’

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He further said, ‘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.’

ICC’s Indian chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan who holds the real power congratulated Zaheer, ‘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.’

Srinivasan concluded, ‘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.’

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