'I take this assignment as an honour and a big challenge' © ICC

Ray Mali, the Cricket South Africa president, has been appointed acting president of the International Cricket Council following the death of Percy Sonn in May. Mali will assume the role of acting president with immediate effect and in so doing he steps down as president of CSA, also with immediate effect.

Mali, who has been president of CSA since 2003, will remain in office until the ICC's annual conference in 2008. CSA was asked to make a nomination in line with a recommendation made by the ICC's Governance Review Committee (GRC) after its meeting in Cape Town on June 1.

"I take this assignment as an honour and a big challenge," said Mali. "I feel lucky to be taking over at a time when the game is in such good shape. With the inaugural World Twenty20 event just round the corner, I want all South Africans to come out and show their support for it. I strongly believe that the use of this shortened format of cricket is one of the ways to take this game forward."

Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, supported Mali's appointment. "Ray is an experienced and skilled administrator, a man of calm assurance and someone who combines a deep love of the game with an understanding of how best to secure its well-being."