He said, "I feel truly honoured 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.

ICC Chairman N Srinivasan congratulated Zaheer on his appointment and said, "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, 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. With 108 centuries, Zaheer is the only Asian batsman to score a century of first-class centuries as he finished his 22-year career with 34,843 runs.

The ICC has 105 members. The ICC President is required under the body's Memorandum and Articles of Association to be 'an iconic former international cricketer of high standing and repute (unless truly exceptional circumstances mean that nobody so qualified is available)'.

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.

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