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Mali named ICC acting president
07 Jun 2007
By: Zac Gelman

Ray Mali has been named acting president of the International Cricket Council, after former president Percy Sonn died in South Africa late last month.

Mali, the current president of Cricket South African, holds the position at the head of international cricket for just over a year. South Africa were allowed to choose the next president to complete Sonn's term after he was asked to stay on last year when the voting for the presidency became deadlocked at 3-3, between candidates David Morgan and Sharad Pawar.

As a result of the appointment, Mali has stepped down from the presidency of CSA, leaving that job vacant for now.

"I take this assignment as an honour. I feel lucky to be taking over at a time when the game is in such good shape," Mali said.

"It is also a privilege to succeed Percy, somebody who was a good friend and a person who worked so hard for the betterment of this great game. I am fully prepared to commit myself to cricket and to take the ICC strategic plan forward during my time in office."

Sonn died less than two weeks ago, after suffering complications during a minor colon operation. He was 57 years old.

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