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Richardson to step down as ICC chief executive

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has commenced a search for a new chief executive following the news that David Richardson will step down from the position after next summer’s World Cup in England and Wales.

Richardson (pictured), a wicketkeeper for South Africa during his playing career, has served as ICC chief executive since 2012. He was promoted to the role having become the first person to hold the position of general manager of cricket in 2002.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said: “His achievements speak for themselves, but in recent history the commercial success of the sport, his leadership of the ICC team and establishing greater context for international cricket are of particular note.

“David will be missed by everyone in the game, but this is an opportunity for the ICC to drive forward our new global growth strategy, which David has played an integral part in developing, under new leadership. A global recruitment process will now get underway to identify the right person to lead the ICC.”

The ICC approved the launch of a new nine-team Test league and 13-team one-day international (ODI) league in October. The competitions have been created as a means to inject more context into bilateral cricket played between member nations.

Nine top-ranked sides will participate in the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which will run from July 15, 2019 to April 30, 2021. The sides will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home and away basis against opponents they have mutually selected. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions.

In addition, the 12 Test-playing nations and the Netherlands, will participate in the 13-team ODI League, which will run from May 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022. All the sides will play eight series over a two-year cycle on a home and away basis against mutually agreed opponents. This league will serve as a qualification pathway for the 2023 World Cup.

Richardson had spearheaded the formation of these competitions and said: “The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am particularly pleased with what we have achieved in recent times in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level.

“I will certainly do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy for cricket aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud.”