DUBAI: The ICC on Tuesday named Manu Sawhney its new chief executive to replace David Richa­rdson, who will step down after the World Cup in July.

The Indian will join ICC from next month before formally taking over the reins later this year from Richardson, a former South Africa wicket-keeper.

Sawhney, a former chief executive of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports, is also a non-executive director and member of the audit committee of Premier League football club Manchester United Limited.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar ratified Sawhney’s appointment.

“I am delighted to confirm Manu’s appointment today,” Manohar said. “He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game.”

Sawhney said it was a ‘great privilege’ to serve the global cricket community.

“The sport has more than a billion fans and an ambitious growth strategy so it is a very exciting time to lead the organisation,” he said.

Published in Dawn, January 16th, 2019