Johannesburg, Jun 29: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday congratulated former South Africa cricketer Dave Richardson after he took charge as the Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur.
"David brings to the job the dual expertise of having played the game at the highest international level and also having a strong legal background," said CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul on CSA website on Friday.
Richardson took over from Haroon Lorgat, who served for four years. During the ICC Annul Conference, Alan Isaac was confirmed as the ICC president, succeeding Sharad Pawar.
"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," Richardson said on Thursday.
"His career as an administrator has been just as impressive as his performances on the playing fields around the world and we wish him well in advancing the cause of global cricket.
"It is an achievement that one South African should succeed another (Haroon Lorgat) in the game's most important administrative post," added Faul.
Faul also noted that June 29, 2012, represents the coming of age of CSA and its predecessor, the United Cricket Board of South Africa.
"It was 21 years ago that South Africa's first unified cricket body was formed and witnessed by two cricketing legends of the status of Sunil Gavaskar of India and Sir Garfield Sobers of the West Indies."
The 52-year-old Richardson played 42 Tests and 122 ODIs for South Africa. In 2002, he was appointed as ICC's General Manager.