June 26 (Agencies): Industrialist N. Srinivasan was confirmed as the first chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the governing body approved constitutional changes in Melbourne on Thursday.
Often described as the most powerful man in cricket, Srinivasan, 69, headed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before the Supreme Court asked him to step down to allow an impartial probe into reports that his son-in-law was involved in illegal betting in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament last year.
"It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council," Srinivasan said in a statement after the 52-member full council approved constitutional amendments.
The ICC annual conference also elected Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh as the 11th president of the governing body and formed a new executive committee headed by Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards.
The Supreme Court had refused to stop Srinivasan’s nomination to the ICC position. The revamp will also hand major executive decision-making authority to the 'Big Three' of the game -- India, Australia and England.
”It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council. I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field,” Srinivasan said in a statement issued by the ICC.
Srinivasan congratulated outgoing ICC President Alan Isaac for his contribution.
”Mr Isaac has been an inspirational President of the ICC. He provided guidance to everyone during his two-year term and all three international formats remain incredibly popular. The game is unquestionably stronger than it was at the start of his term,” said Srinivasan.
The approval of the constitutional changes, which flowed from an ICC Board resolution taken in Singapore on February 8 and finalised on April 10, also means that a new Executive Committee was formed, which will report to the ICC Board.
From 2016, the ICC Board, which will continue to be the primary decision-making body, will elect the ICC Chairman for a two-year term.