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Srinivasan named ICC chairman

India's Narayanaswami Srinivasan has been confirmed as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council after the governing body approved constitutional change in Melbourne on Thursday.

The 69-year-old industrialist, who is often described as the most powerful man in cricket, was head of the India board (BCCI) before stepping down earlier this year when his son-in-law was indicted for illegal betting in the IPL.

"It is an honour to be confirmed as the chairman of the International Cricket Council," Srinivasan said in a statement after the 52-member full council approved constitutional amendments.

\"I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field. I want to ensure that cricket retains and grows its popularity, and that the ICC plays a leading role in this global growth.

\"I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries. Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves.

\"The ICC is a Members' organisation and the pathway is now there for any Member to play Test cricket or in the major ICC events if it performs well enough over a sustained period of time.\"

The ICC annual conference also elected Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh as the 11th president of the governing body and formed a new executive committee headed by Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards.