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Jun 26, 2014 at 11:58am IST

N Srinivasan confirmed as International Cricket Council chairman

Narayanaswami Srinivasan was confirmed as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the 52-member full council approved amendments to the ICC's Memorandum and Articles of Association at the annual conference in Melbourne on Thursday.

As was widely known before the conference, Srinivasan was elected the chairman despite being barred by the Supreme Court of India from carrying out his duties as BCCI President due to ongoing investigations into the match-fixing allegations relating to the 2013 edition of the IPL.

However, after the apex court refused to stop his nomination to the ICC position, decks were cleared for his anointment to the newly-created post. 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.

"I want to ensure that cricket retains and grows its popularity, and that the ICC plays a leading role in this global growth. I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries. Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves," he added

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.

The initial Chair of the Executive Committee will be Cricket Australia's Chairman, Wally Edwards, while the Chair of the ICC's Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) will continue to be England and Wales Cricket Board's Chairman, Giles Clarke.

The annual conference also saw Mustafa Kamal become the 11th President of the ICC.

"This is a memorable and historic day for Bangladesh cricket. On this day 14 years ago, Bangladesh became the 10th Test playing country. Today, a Bangladeshi becomes the 11th President of the International Cricket Council. Thank you for bestowing this honour on Bangladesh and me," said Kamal.

"Over the next 12 months, I look forward to working with the ICC Board and ICC Management, and will be delighted to contribute in any way I can. In Mr Srinivasan and David Richardson, I have absolute trust and confidence that we have a combination that will not only strengthen our sport, but will also take this great organisation to a new level."

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.

The ICC Board confirmed that the USA Cricket Association (USACA) is the recognised member. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and ICC management will, however, continue to work with USACA and other interested stakeholders to assist in overcoming some challenges currently facing the governance and development of the game in the USA.

The ICC board also approved the development committee's recommendation that Oman Cricket (OC) become the 38th Associate Member of the ICC. However, affiliate membership of Brunei was suspended, while Tonga was removed as an affiliate member. The ICC now has 105 members.

The ICC board also noted the associate and affiliate members' decision, which re-elected Imran Khawaja and Neil Speight for another two years as their representatives on the ICC board, while Keith Oliver was replaced by Francois Erasmus.

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