Melbourne: Indian cricket board chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who has been suspended by India's Supreme Court after being named in the IPL spot-fixing investigation, has been appointed the new chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday.
His appointment was confirmed on the last day of the two-day ICC annual conference here and he described it as an honour.
Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal was also made the 11th president of the ICC.
Srinivasan is among 13 people named in the report of a court-conducted inquiry into spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Justice Mukul Mudgal headed the committee that inquired into corrupt practices in the sixth edition of the IPL last year.
Srinivasan has been suspended by the Indian Supreme Court as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and senior board vice-president Shivlal Yadav is looking after day-to-day cricket administration while India's legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was made in charge of the IPL.
Under constitutional changes approved earlier this year, Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards will head the new ICC executive committee while England's Giles Clarke will chair the finance and commercial affairs committee.
The BCCI today congratulated its President-in-exile N Srinivasan for becoming the first Chairman of the ICC, saying there could not have been a better person for the position.
The ICC, in its Annual Conference held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground unanimously approved the revamp of its corporate governance structure by amending the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
"The BCCI wishes to congratulate Mr. N. Srinivasan on being unanimously elected as the first Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the period 2014-2016 of two years, post its historic restructuring," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a release.
"It is a proud and historic moment for Indian Cricket, and on behalf of all the members of the BCCI, we wish him all the best. As India takes the leadership position in World Cricket, the responsibility of guiding the game in these challenging times could not have found a better leader than Mr. Srinivasan," the release added.
Patel said it was also imperative that all the stakeholders of Indian Cricket stand united and support these endeavours, as "we seek to play an important and definitive role in World Cricket". "This establishes the important role that the BCCI will essay, as we take this responsibility to work with other members during these days of growth," Patel said.
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