Zaheer Abbas,during the 14th Shyam Bhatia Annual Awards at India Club, Oud Metha Road, Dubai Image Credit: ATIQ-UR-REHMAN/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has become president of the International Cricket Council.

Once one of the most stylish batsmen in the game, known as ‘Asia's Bradman’, Abbas assumed the role on day three of the ICC Annual Conference in Barbados.

Speaking soon after be began his one-year term, he said:  “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. 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 PCB for proposing my candidacy as the ICC president.

“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.”

Abbas, 67, played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs from 1969 to 1985 in which he scored 5,062 and 2,572 runs respectively.

He also played in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 ICC Cricket World Cups and captained Pakistan in 14 Tests and 13 ODIs.

Zaheer is the only Asian batsman to score a century of first-class centuries with 108 in his 22-year career which featured 34,843 runs.