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Alan Isaac takes over as ICC president

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 28, 2012

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ICC president Alan Isaac with his predecessor Sharad Pawar, Kuala Lumpur, June 28, 2012
Alan Isaac, the new ICC president, with his predecessor, Sharad Pawar © Getty Images
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Alan Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, has taken over as ICC president for a two-year term, succeeding Sharad Pawar. In another expected top-level change, former South Africa wicketkeeper Dave Richardson has been confirmed as the ICC's chief executive, taking over from Haroon Lorgat.

Isaac is the ICC's eighth president, and will be the last to hold the post in its current shape as it will become a ceremonial role once he steps down in 2014. Over the past two years, Isaac has been the ICC's vice-president, a position that the body plans to abolish due to its fourth constitutional amendment since 1996.

Isaac has not played top-flight cricket, but represented Wellington in the age-group levels and was captain of its second team. He was a member of New Zealand Cricket's board for 18 years and became its chairman in 2008. New Zealand's golf and rugby boards also feature on his resume, which is dominated by his 35-year career with auditing firm KPMG.

"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," Isaac said. "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."

Richardson, who played 42 Tests for South Africa and was ICC's general manager of cricket for the last 10 years, also said he wanted to continue the work of his predecessor. "It is a real honour to be confirmed as the ICC Chief Executive and I want to pay tribute to Haroon Lorgat," he said. "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." Richardson has become the first former Test cricketer to take over the role of the CEO, which has been held by Malcolm Speed and Lorgat.

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Posted by   on (June 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

What he should do first is please get rid of "2 match" Test Series!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Change is always good. Would like to see the progress of cricket and cricketers AND unbiased/noncontroversial/unfavored decisions by the new officers of ICC. WELCOME

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 28, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

India still controls the ICC and world cricket. They have the maximum veto power and financial strength to do pretty much what they want. The other countries need to accept that. Without India, world cricket is doomed. Nobody wants to watch a sport where a small red ball is hit around the ground with 11 men going after it. Look at football/soccer. Now that's a sport for you all. Only India and Indians can generate the kind of revenue to keep cricket alive. England and Australia used to rule the cricket world. We all know how they almost killed it. If cricket is still around it's cause of India. BUT ! the ICC needs more power. It cannot listen to one nation all the time. Things have to change.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

New changes to the cricket world! NOW!

Posted by PointFielder on (June 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Welcome change. Finally someone who has played cricket as well as has administrative experience gets the post. I think the previous ICC committee have reduced the powers of ICC president and the Chairman has more power now. That political move was shrewd tactics before Pawar left his position. It will be more interesting to see who becomes the chairman.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

I hope they will have the heart and will to impose DRs on BCCI. Its a shame if they can't.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

who ever is the president or ceo of ICC, cricket is run by BCCI now. I hope ICC gets it's control back from BCCI soon. Have fun new president with no power.

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (June 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Shahid Afridi should be the future ICC CEO.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (June 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Best of luck to you sir- from India

Posted by Third_Gear on (June 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Ohhh What !! A relief from PAWAR.

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