Sir Ronnie Flanagan. Image Credit: Rex Features

Dubai: Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the strategic adviser to the Abu Dhabi Police Force, will take over as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

Flanagan is one of United Kingdom's most senior former policemen. He will take charge from Lord Condon, who is retiring from the role at the end of June 2010.

Flanagan has also contributed to the security and safety plan for the Football Association's bid to host the FIFA World Cup in England. He holds a Master of Arts degree in administrative and legal studies and is a graduate of the FBI Academy.

He was awarded the OBE in 1996 and received a knighthood three years later for more than three decades of service.

Flanagan was the Home Office Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and was previously the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland from its creation in 2001 until 2002.

He had also been Chief Constable of its predecessor, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) from 1996 until 2001.

Commenting on Flanagan's appointment, Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive said: "The job description dictates that anyone who takes the role has to be of international standing and experience.

"There is no doubt that Sir Ronnie fits that description. He served as a Chief Constable, he has advised governments around the world in policing techniques and has also been involved in sport."

Flanagan's appointment to the post is of great significance with the 2011 World Cup scheduled to be held in the sub-continent, more so in the light of allegations of match-fixing in the just-concluded IPL.

Flanagan is also an amateur cricketer and has played rugby at senior level for Ulster province in his native Ireland.