Sharad Pawar takes over as ICC president

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 12:56 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Singapore: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday took over as International Cricket Council (ICC) president, becoming the second Indian, after Jagmohan Dalmiya, to occupy the top post.

Sharad Pawar takes over as ICC President

"Sharad Pawar, the former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), assumed the role of ICC President in succession to David Morgan at the ICC`s Annual Conference," the ICC said in a statement.

The 70-year-old Pawar, who is also a serving union minister in the Indian government, begins a two-year term as ICC President and on taking over lauded Morgan for his "impressive innings" during the last two years.

"David Morgan has set the principles by which the ICC operates and now it is our responsibility to build on his legacy," he said.

Morgan, in turn, hoped Pawar, who has served as his ICC vice-President since 2008, would have a successful stint.

"In the past few days many people have thanked me for my contribution to cricket. All I would say is that cricket has been kind to me it has given me much more than I have given back," he said.