The 67-year-old fills the vacancy left by Mustafa Kamal, who resigned in April after falling out with the ICC’s chairman over who should present the World Cup trophy.
Kamal believed he should have been given the honour of handing the trophy to the winning captain but, instead, chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan made the presentation to the victorious Australian side at the final in Melbourne.
Abbas said of his appointment: “I feel truly honoured and humbled to be named the president of the governing body of our great game.
“This is the sport which has given us friendship, respect, recognition and an opportunity to serve our countries in different capacities.
???Personally speaking, it has given me more than I can ever possibly repay.”
Srinivasan added: “Zaheer’s outstanding career as a stylish right-handed batsman is reflected in his remarkable record with 108 first-class hundreds and more than 7,500 international runs.
“Zaheer is clearly an iconic cricketer who always played the game with skill, flair and in the true spirit. He is a worthy ambassador of our great game.”????
Abbas was one of Pakistan???s most prolific batsmen during the 1970s and 1980s, playing in 67 Tests and 62 one-day internationals.
He made his Test debut in October 1969, scoring 12 Test centuries and seven ODI hundreds at an average of 44.79 and 47.62 respectively.
He scored two double tons against England, including 274 at Edgbaston in 1971, his highest Test knock.
He will occupy the prestigious position for 12 months.