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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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15 interesting facts about Rohit Sharma: Hit-Man of Indian Cricket

Rohit Sharma achieved the classical knock of unbeaten 208 on his marriage anniversary.

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Rohit Shrama is going through purple patch of his career right now
Rohit Shrama is going through purple patch of his career right now

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma’s blazing knock of unbeaten 208 has once again defined his approach towards the Cricket and the way he enjoys his stay at the crease. Recently, he achieved the classical knock of unbeaten 208 on a very special occasion which was his marriage anniversary and dedicated his masterstroke to his wife, who was also present in the stadium at that time.

Rohit has set altogether new benchmarks in the Cricketing world which are undoubtedly formidable records to look up by any youngster. He is unstoppable at the moment and one of the most formidable players going around in the Indian cricket. Once he hits the race peddle, it’s really become an arduous task for the bowlers to hold him down.

With his recent success, Rohit Sharma would be in right frame of mind before moving into New Year and also for any further tours. He started the year with an injury but folded the year with some Midas touch. His batting graph didn’t seem to bog down by the bowling attack of any Cricketing side right now.

Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka
Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka

During some of the past glorious years, Rohit Sharma has been the run machine for team India and willfully justifies his role as a vice-captain of the team. Through his talent and hard work, he has been able to erect some huge batting records and milestones against his name which doesn’t seem to be challenged by anyone at least in the near future.

Even the ICC went gaga over his performance and congratulated him on his new amazing feat.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts related to the Hit-Man of the Men in Blue.
1. In the year 2015, Rohit was been awarded Arjuna Award for his excellence in the Cricket.
2. Before representing India, Rohit used to play for Indian Oil. After proving his mettle in Ranji matches, he got a chance in the playing eleven of the Indian Cricket team.

3. Rohit Sharma is the only second Indian player after Sourav Ganguly to score a century in a knock out match in the ICC World Cup history

4. Rohit Sharma was first Indian to score a century in any T20 match played in India. He scored 101* off 45 balls against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 cup

5. Rohit Sharma became the 1st cricketer to score three double centuries in the ODI matches. Apart from him, no one has even scored the second double hundreds of their career. Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer to score a double century in the one day format.

Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma is the skipper of Mumbai Indians

6. Rohit Sharma is the only player who has played four finals of the IPL and won all the times with their respective teams. One stint was with Deccan Chargers and the rest three were with the Mumbai Indians.

7. Rohit Sharma’s score of 208 is the second highest individual score by any captain, only next to Virender Sehwag’s 219 which he scored against West Indies in 2011. During this inning only, Rohit also broke Sir Vivian Richard’s record score of 181, the highest score as a captain.

8. Rohit Sharma is the second Indian to score a century in all three formats of the game. The first player to reach this milestone was Suresh Raina during the 2010 ICC T20 World cup.

9. Rohit holds the record for the highest Individual score by a batsman in an ODI format. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka and got out at the very last ball of the Indian’s inning.

10. Surprisingly, he also has a bowling hat-trick to his name. He did it in IPL when he was the member of Deccan Chargers team.

Rohit Sharma struck half century in his maiden T20 match
Rohit Sharma struck half-century in his maiden T20 match

11. Rohit Sharma made a dream debut in test cricket with a score of 177 which is the second best after Shikhar Dhawan. He also became the third Indian to score two back to back centuries in first two tests that he played, only after Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.

12. Rohit has hit the highest number of sixes during his innings of 209 runs. In that match, he sent the ball sixteen times over the boundary rope.

13. The first T20 match that Rohit played was against South Africa and was a must-win game for India. He opened the innings and his career with a fifty to his name.

14. The most number of fours scored in an innings is also struck by Rohit Sharma during his blistering innings of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. During his stay at the crease, he hit 33 fours.

15. The match in which Rohit Sharma scored 264 runs, Sri Lanka’s total score was 251. So, if we see technically then he single-handedly won that match by 13 runs.