• Sawhney officially succeeds Richardson as ICC CEO

    Former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman David Richardson has formally been succeeded by new International Cricket Council chief executive officer Manu Sawhney.

    The change was ratified by the ICC board earlier this year – and implemented this week. Richardson, though, will remain with the ICC until July to oversee preparation for the World Cup in the United Kingdom.

    ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in recent times, particularly in creating greater context for all formats of the game,’ said Richardson.

    ‘The World Cup is the perfect point at which to move on and I am privileged to be able to lead the delivery of this event, and I know it will do our sport proud. I’d like to wish Manu and the team all the very best of luck for the future.’

    Sawhney is a former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports. He also led a global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC from 2007 to 2015 – and is a non-executive director and member of Manchester United’s audit committee.

    ‘I am absolutely delighted to be taking over the reins from David, who has steered the sport so capably over the last seven years,’ added Sawhney.

    ‘I am pleased to say he will continue to lead the delivery of the World Cup and there is no better person to ensure the event is the greatest celebration of cricket ever.’

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