The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed India's Shashank Manohar as its first independent chairman.
The 58-year-old, the sole nominee and elected unopposed, will begin his two-year term with the sport's governing body immediately.
Manohar had resigned as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday.
He said: "The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans."
A lawyer by profession, Manohar was BCCI president from 2008-2011 and re-elected in October 2015 after the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
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