ISLAMABAD - Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas thanked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, governing body members, Najam Sethi and chairman Shahryar M Khan for posing confidence in his abilities and nominating him as next International Cricket Council (ICC) president.

Talking to The Nation, former skipper, known as Asian Bradman, Zaheer said: “It is a great step by the PCB of nominating a Test cricketer for the slot, as it will benefit the ICC as well. During discussions, we will share point of views and ensure drastic steps to further enhance the reputation of the highly respectable world cricket ruling body.”

When asked about his role as ICC president in reviving international cricket in Pakistan, Zaheer replied: “It’s too early to comment on that. I, being ICC president, will keep eye on all the cricket playing nations and safeguard the rights of all the affiliated member countries. Yes in near future, we will reach a concluding point about it through proper discussions and sharing each-others’ point of view.”

When asked about his personal influence and relations, with different cricket boards and especially with BCCI, would make his task easier, Zaheer replied: “Off course, I enjoy close relations with the BCCI and some other boards as well, but as all are aware after the change in the ICC constitution, it is the chairman who enjoys all the powers. Anyhow, I will work for the betterment of cricket and try to take all the stake holders on board and treat them equally.”

When asked about successful series against Zimbabwe would pave the way of full-fledge international cricket revival in Pakistan, Zaheer termed it historic one and the moments too were historic as the entire cricketing world was watching the series which took place in highly smooth and cordial manner. “Credit goes to the PCB, government, security forces and I am quite hopeful it will definitely pave the way of more teams and players will take interest and opt to tour Pakistan.

“The way the crowd thronged the stadium was a treat to watch. Cricket-loving fans got a chance to witness their heroes playing and performing in front of them. It made huge impact on Pakistani batsmen as well, as after Bangladesh debacle, they were in need of such morale boosting results. The batsmen responded quite well, but I was quite amazed, Pakistan bowling line up failed to produce desired results, which I am sure coaches and the selectors had taken notice, but one thing is quite clear, the selection made the difference. The balanced team selection was another reason behind Pakistani team performing so well.”

To a query regarding upcoming Sri Lanka series, Zaheer replied: “I hope the selectors once again has picked balanced squad keeping in mind the strength and weaknesses of the opponents. I hope the boys will perform well against Sri Lankans at their own backyard, as Lankans are well-known for performing exceptionally against top opponents and exploit home conditions to best of their abilities. My sincere prayers and best wishes are with the team.

“I would be in better position to comment on the ICC related issues once I take over the charge,” Zaheer concluded.