• MBE for former Proteas seamer

    Former Proteas seamer Steve Elworthy has been formally recognised as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

    Elworthy received the prestigious award for his service to cricket. He was the tournament director for the World Twenty20 in 2009, Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017 and last year’s Women’s World Cup.

    Last year, he was named managing director of the 2019 World Cup, which will be hosted in England and Wales.

    England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said at the time: “It’s vital cricket in England and Wales capitalises fully on the unique opportunity we’ve been given to stage three major ICC events in the next three year – and Steve is perfectly qualified to provide the leadership and detailed planning required for all three.

    “He has an outstanding track record of delivering fan-friendly tournaments which have been widely admired not just in cricket, but across the wider sports industry.’

    Elworthy added: ‘The UK has an outstanding record of hosting world-class events which set a benchmark for other countries, and other sports, to follow and I am very keen to maintain that tradition over the next three years.’

    Elworthy played four Tests and 39 ODIs between 1998 and 2003.

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