Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has succeeded Sunil Gavaskar as chairman of the cricket committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body announced Thursday following a board meeting at its Dubai headquarters.
Lloyd, also a former ICC match referee, replaces India batting great Gavaskar, who stood down in May after eight years in the job amidst concerns the role was incompatible with his media commitments.
An aggressive batsman and brilliant cover fielder who led the all-conquering West Indies teams of the mid-1970s and early 1980s, Lloyd was selected for his current post ahead of former Pakistan captain Majid Khan.
Gavaskar, a former India captain and the first man to score 10,000 Test runs, said in May when he announced his decision to step down: "With more and more cricket being played it has become clear that it is not possible for me to do justice to two jobs, the chairmanship of the ICC cricket committee and my media commitments.
"As an example of that, I had to leave my professional commitments as a commentator on the Indian Premier League matches in order to come and chair this year's meeting in Dubai.
"I envisaged the potential for this sort of issue two years ago and intimated then that I was not able to continue in the role but when I was asked to do so I was honoured to be re-elected," the 1983 World Cup winner added.
"Now, however, it is clear I cannot combine both roles and therefore I am relinquishing the chair of the ICC cricket committee."