Isaac named ICC president

  • Last Updated: June 28 2012, 12:13 BST

New Zealander Alan Isaac has been confirmed as the eighth president of the International Cricket Council.

Alan Isaac: New ICC president

Isaac succeeds Sharad Pawar and will serve a two-year term.

He said: "When I look at the list of previous presidents, I am reminded of the importance of this office.

"In the midst of my pride at being chosen as president, I recognise that there is, of course, much hard work and much progress needed if we are to maintain the game's current healthy state.

"I believe that the challenges ahead are no less daunting than those we have faced in the last two years if we are to maintain the vibrancy and viability of the three formats of the sport.

"I look forward to serving the game with honesty and integrity and to the best of my ability. I look forward to handing on the guardianship of the sport with the game enjoying even greater health."

South African David Richardson was, as expected, named chief executive, following on from Haroon Lorgat.

Richardson, who played 42 Tests for the Proteas and has been the ICC's general manager-cricket for the last 10 years, said: "It is a real honour to be confirmed as the ICC chief executive and I want to pay tribute to Haroon Lorgat.

"I have learnt much in the last four years and I inherit a game in great health with much to be optimistic about. I look forward to building on that and tackling the challenges ahead."

He went on to explain that ther ICC is wary of dragging India "kicking and screaming" into the DRS era.

Richardson addressed the vexed topic of DRS and India's evident reluctance to embrace the technology.

The ICC began their conference week with a proposal from member boards' chief executives that DRS become mandatory for all Test and one-day international series and tournaments.

But following a clear indication from the Board of Control for Cricket in India that they would not be in favour, and prefer to stick to a series-by-series agreement for bi-lateral tours, current policy was endorsed again.

Richardson said: "The point is that the BCCI need to make that decision for themselves.

"It's never good to take anyone kicking and screaming to do anything.

"The introduction of technology has always been controversial ... but slowly but surely that's changed.

"I think we're pretty much at that point where everyone is accepting, certainly at international level."

Richardson refuted suggestions that this week's outcome on DRS - which means the review system to improve umpiring decisions is highly unlikely, for example, to be in use for England's tour of India later this year - is a backward step.

"I don't think (the decision is) negative at all," he said.

"We'll be seeing DRS used in the majority of series going forward, and there would be no sense in forcing anything upon anybody."