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Parcy Sonn named ICC president

Percy Sonn of South Africa replaces Ehsan Mani as ICC president.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 22:09 IST

Percy Sonn of South Africa replaced Ehsan Mani as ICC president on Friday. The 56-year-old lawyer is the sixth man to fill the most senior role at cricket's world governing body.

Sonn is the first South African to hold this post. He will be president for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three.

One of Sonn's first jobs will be to visit Zimbabwe, where the sport and its administration is in turmoil. Players have left the team and Zimbabwe hasn't played test cricket since January.

"What I want is some degree of understanding of the issues that surround the administration of cricket within Zimbabwe," Sonn said. "I will hear firsthand of the challenges that confront the sport there; how those challenges will be dealt with and, at the same time. We will discuss how the ICC can assist the game in Zimbabwe."

Sonn never played at international level, but has been a leading cricket administrator in South Africa. He played a crucial role when South Africa returned to world cricket after the fall of apartheid in 1991.

He was president of the United Cricket Board of South Africa for three years until 2003.

Sonn also worked as a public prosecutor and a legal adviser to the South African Police Service. He represented the UCBSA at the ICC during the match-fixing controversies in 2000. He is currently the chief executive officer of a forensic investigation company.

South African President Thabo Mbeki congratulated Sonn, saying he was key to the country being accepted back into world sport.