New Delhi - Former Indian cricket supremo Shashank Manohar became the first elected chairperson of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday, unanimously chosen by his peers to lead the game's world governing body.
"It is an honour to be elected as the chairperson of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities," Manohar said in a statement after the election at a meeting in Dubai.
"I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition."
Manohar had been serving as head of the ICC in his role as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in line with the organisation's previous system of revolving chairmanships.
But under reforms that he himself had championed, the ICC has amended its constitution to bring in direct elections for the position which will now be officially an independent post.
The 58-year-old Manohar had resigned as BCCI president on Tuesday in a move that freed him up to run for the ICC chairmanship, and his election had been widely predicted.
He had only taken over as BCCI president in October 2015 when he returned for a second stint in the position after the death of veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya.