Dinesh Tandon has been chosen as the new chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association, filling the hot seat that was left vacant at last month's annual general meeting. Tandon was picked unopposed at a meeting of the executive committee, which unanimously supported HKCA secretary John Cribbin's motion to appoint the 35-year-old chartered accountant as the new head of local cricket. Cribbin, who was acting chairman after former incumbent Darren Tucker fell ill, stepped down and proposed that Tandon, who was the treasurer, take over the top post. 'I am chairman in an acting capacity and will be in charge for the next year,' Tandon said yesterday. 'It gives me great pleasure to take up the challenge.' Delhi-born Tandon will take over from Tucker, who pulled out of the race for re-election hours before the AGM. But the biggest surprise was the decision by challenger Sohail Murshed to also back out, leaving the top post vacant. It sparked rumours that a backroom deal had been reached before the AGM - resulting in Pakistan Association's Shahzada Saleem replacing Terry Smith as president but for Murshed (Little Sai Wan) to withdraw his bid for chairman. 'There was no deal,' Tandon said. 'I was nominated and I have accepted. But it is an interim measure. My goal is to put in place an administration which will run smoothly and not have to depend on individuals.' Tandon's first task will be to streamline the HKCA administration by welcoming back former general manager Danny Lai to his old position. The decision to appoint a highly paid chief executive officer has been put on hold. 'Danny has close links with the Asian Cricket Council as well as China,' Tandon said.