LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approved the name of former cricketer Zaheer Abbass for the presidency of International Cricket Council (ICC) president, ARY News reported.
PCB nominated Zaheer Abbass for the post after former PCB Chief, Najam Sethi withdrew as sole nominee for the presidency of the game’s world governing body, calling for a top former player to take his place.
Sethi, who quit as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last year after a long series of court battles in a power struggle with his predecessor, had been nominated for the post of ICC president.
The ICC was due to consider Sethi’s nomination in their board meeting in Barbados later this month and he would have taken charge for one year from July 1.
But Sethi said the ICC’s recent announcement that the president’s post will only be open to leading former players from July 2016 prompted him to take the decision.
The post of ICC president has become largely ceremonial after the body passed reforms last year which made the chairman the head of the organisation.
The role now rotates among member countries who nominate people for the post. Sethi had been due to take over from Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal, who had a bitter falling out with the ICC in March.
Abbas, who made his Test match debut in 1969, has played 78 tests and 62 ODIs.
Zaheer Abbas, in his second Test, scored 274 against England, still the fourth ever highest score by a Pakistani batsman. In 1983, he became the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in one-day internationals.