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Zaheer Abbas confirmed as ICC president

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Bridgetown: Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas assumed the office of International Cricket Council (ICC) president on Day 3 of the world cricket governing body’s Annual Conference week here.

Zaheer began his one-year term and thanked the ICC Board and the Full Council for confirming his nomination.

“I feel truly honoured and humbled to be appointed as the president of the governing body of our great game. This is the sport which has given us friendship, respect, recognition and an opportunity to serve our countries in different capacities. Personally speaking, it has given me more than I can ever possibly repay,” said Abbas.

“I am thankful to all of you for the support and confidence placed in me by confirming my nomination. I am also grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for proposing my candidacy. I assure you all that I will stand shoulder to shoulder with all the ICC Members as we continue to strive to inspire more and more people to fall in love with the game we cherish.”

ICC chairman N. Srinivasan congratulated Zaheer on his appointment.

“Zaheer’s outstanding career as a stylish right-handed batsman is reflected in his remarkable record with 108 first-class hundreds and more than 7,500 international runs. Zaheer is clearly an iconic cricketer who always played the game with skill, flair and in the true spirit. He is a worthy ambassador of our great game,” said Srinivasan.

Zaheer, 67, played 78 Tests and 62 One-Day Internationals (ODI) from 1969 to 1985 in which he scored 5,062 and 2,572 runs, respectively. He also played in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 World Cups and captained Pakistan in 14 Tests and 13 ODIs. With 108 hundreds, Zaheer is the only Asian to score a century of first-class centuries as he finished his 22-year career with 34,843 runs.

Zaheer was also an ICC match referee in the 1993 series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Sri Lanka.

The ICC president’s role will be rotated in the following order: South Africa (2016-17), Zimbabwe (2017-18), the West Indies (2018-19), England (2019-20), Associate/Affiliate Members (2020-21), Associate/Affiliate Members (2021-22), India (2022-23), Sri Lanka (2023-24), Australia (2024-25), New Zealand (2025-26), Bangladesh (2026-27).

The ICC president is required under the ICC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association to be ‘an iconic former international cricketer of high standing and repute’.

The ICC Council also approved the admission of the Serbia Cricket Federation (SCF) as its 58th Affiliate Member. Regrettably, the ICC Council also agreed to suspend the Affiliate Memberships of Morocco and Turkey while Brunei was removed as an Affiliate Member.

The ICC has 105 members. The Full Council includes 37 Associate Members, five Affiliate Member representatives and 10 Full Members. The ICC chairman and ICC chief executive are also part of the Full Council but don’t have voting rights.

(IANS)

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Mahinder Pal Singh: For the First time a Sikh in Pakistan secures a place in the National Cricket Academy

Pakistan's cricketing history has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country

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Lahore, December 20, 2016: Pakistani cricket has seen Christians and Hindus represent the country at home and abroad, but for the first time a Sikh has secured a place in the National Cricket Academy.

Mahinder Pal Singh, who hails from Nankana Sahib (Lahore), is among the list of top 30 emerging cricketers in the country, Geo News reported.

In a video circulating on social media, Singh expressed his desire to make Pakistan proud and thanked his coach and the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board for having faith in him and recognising his talent.

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Singh said he was proud to be able to represent the entire Pakistani Sikh community and to have secured a place at the Pakistani Cricket Academy.

Pakistan’s cricketing history has only seen seven non-muslim cricketers representing the country.

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Over the years Pakistan cricket has been missing out on on regular international cricketing events on home soil, which has been served as the prime reason for the Pakistani cricket that was facing a dearth of new talent. (IANS)

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Cricket Authorities of India and Pakistan set to meet on Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to discuss Future of holding Bilateral Series

The politicial tensions between the two countries have also affected cricket with the Indian women's team

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An Indian cricket fan is joined by others as he waves the Indian flag outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the venue of first Twenty20 cricket match between India and Pakistan, in Bangalore, India, December 25, 2012. VOA

Karachi, November 27, 2016: Cricket authorities of India and Pakistan are set to meet on December 17 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for discussions on the future of holding bilateral series in the backdrop of the sterile relations between the two neighbours.

According to a report in the Express Tribune on Sunday, the Indian authorities have already suggested different options, including the option of a triangular series, but Pakistan have not shown any interest.

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A Pakistan cricket fan, Mohammad Bashir, center, of Chicago, holds a paper which reads 'Please I need one ticket India Pakistan match' as he stands in front of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, December 24, 2012. VOA
A Pakistan cricket fan, Mohammad Bashir, center, of Chicago, holds a paper which reads ‘Please I need one ticket India Pakistan match’ as he stands in front of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, December 24, 2012. VOA

A meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is scheduled in Colombo next month which will be held under the stewardship of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan. PCB officials Najam Sethi and Subhan Ahmed are also expected to attend the meeting, as per the report.

PCB has reportedly decided to take up with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur the issue of bilateral matches. In case they do not receive a positive response there, legal options will be considered, the report said.

According to some reports, Najam Sethi previously held a detailed discussion with Thakur when he visited South Africa to participate in an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting due to unavailability of Shaharyar Khan.

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Pakistan has earlier raised its doubts on how India could participate in such an event while it was not eager to participate in ICC events, with Indian authorities taking different stances in ICC meetings and before the media. It was concluded then that a further discussion on the matter will be held in Colombo.

Thakur has reportedly told Sethi that although the Indian government was not in favour of bilateral cricket series with Pakistan, the possibility of a triangular series could be considered.

The politicial tensions between the two countries have also affected cricket with the Indian women’s team not playing against Pakistan in the Women’s Championship recently.

India’s refusal to play Pakistan cost them six penalty points. ICC came to the decision following consideration of written submissions from both the PCB and BCCI.

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PCB has reportedly decided to take legal action to seek compensation from BCCI after ICC ruled in its favour on the issue.

BCCI has lodged a protest with the ICC for making a judgement that isn’t in its interest.

Relations between the two neighbouring countries have deteriorated markedly in recent months. (IANS)

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Pakistan Falls down to 9th Position for first time in ICC One-Day Rankings

Pakistan started the series on 87 points and are now on 86 points --eight points behind eighth-ranked West Indies as the green brigade lost to England miserably

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Pakistan have dipped to their lowest ever ranking in the International Cricket Council (ICC). Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Pakistan, September 7, 2016: Pakistan has dipped to their lowest ever ranking in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day Internationals after a disappointing 1-4 loss to England in the recently concluded series.

Pakistan started the series with 87 points and are now on 86 points- eight points behind eighth-ranked West Indies as the green brigade lost to England miserably.

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With Pakistan’s forthcoming ODI series scheduled against the West Indies and Australia, the team has left itself with a mountain to climb to keep alive its chances of qualifying automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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England, being the hosts, and the seven highest-ranked sides on the Icc ODI team rankings as on September 30, 2017, will qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, while the remaining two sides will progress from the 10-team IccCricket World Cup qualifier 2018.

India, meanwhile, are comfortably placed third with Australia and New Zealand holding the top two spots. (IANS)