New Zealand's Alan Isaac has taken over as president of the International Cricket Council on a two-year term before the post becomes titular.
The former New Zealand Cricket chairman has succeeded India's Sharad Pawar at the ICC's Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Isaac takes over at a time when the ICC is perceived as too susceptible to the financial might of the Indian cricket board.
The governing body's failure to mandate the use of the Decision Review System earlier this week is cited as yet another instance of its helplessness against the Indian board, which has been steadfast in its opposition to the technology.
From 2014 the ICC will create the post of chairman, who will hold greater power, with the president's role becoming ceremonial.