A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Alan Issac becomes new ICC president

Isaac is hoping he can continue to improve the quality of cricket for everyone

Former New Zealand Cricket chairman Alan Isaac has succeeded Sharad Pawar in becoming the new president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the next two years.

Another top level change involved former South African wicketkeeper Dave Richardson taking over as ICC chief executive from Haroon Lorgat.

Isaac is the eighth president of the ICC, and will be the last person to hold the post before the shape of the entire council is changed in 2014.

Isaac has been the ICC vice-president for the past two years and come 2014, the body plans to get rid of the position for good.

Isaac never played international cricket, but was an active member of New Zealand Cricket for 18 long years, becoming their chairman in 2008.

“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, 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,” Isaac said.

Richardson, who has been the ICC’s general manager for the past 10 years, hoped to continue on with the work done by his predecessor.

“It is a real honour to be confirmed as the ICC Chief Executive and I want to pay tribute to Haroon Lorgat, 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 said.

Richardson is now the first former Test player to hold the position of chief executive, which was previously held by Malcolm Speed and Lorgat.

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