Former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas was confirmed as ICC president on the third day of the ICC annual conference in Barbados. Zaheer began his one-year term and thanked the ICC Board and the Full Council for confirming his nomination. ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan, congratulated Mr. Abbas on his appointment.
Mr. Zaheer, 67, has played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs from 1969 to 1985, in which he scored 5,062 and 2,572 runs respectively. He also played in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 ICC Cricket World Cups and captained Pakistan in 14 Tests and 13 ODIs. With 108 centuries, Mr. Abbas is the only Asian batsman to score a series of first-class centuries, as he finished his 22-year career with 34,843 runs.
The ICC has 105 members. The Full Council includes 37 associate members, five affiliate member representatives and 10 full members. The ICC Chairman and ICC Chief Executive are also part of the Full Council but don’t have voting rights.
The ICC council also approved the admission of the Serbia Cricket Federation as the 58th Affiliate Member. The Affiliate Memberships of Morocco and Turkey were suspended, while Brunei was removed as an Affiliate.