Sawhney makes early start as ICC chief executive

The International Cricket Council has today (Monday) announced that Manu Sawhney will assume the position of chief executive more than three months earlier than originally intended.

Sawhney has been working alongside outgoing chief executive David Richardson for the last six weeks in an effort to ensure a smooth transition for the world governing body. Richardson will remain with the ICC until July as originally planned to oversee the delivery of this year’s World Cup.

In January, the ICC appointed Sawhney as its new chief executive, with the former managing director of pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports in place to officially take up his new position in July.

Sawhney, who also previously served as chief executive of Singapore Sports Hub, joined the ICC in February, with the original plan that he would take over from Richardson following the World Cup, which takes place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

Sawhney said today: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking over the reins from David, who has steered the sport so capably over the last seven years. I am pleased to say he will continue to lead the delivery of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and there is no better person to ensure the event is the greatest celebration of cricket ever.

“I am excited by the opportunities ahead and I am looking forward to working in partnership with our members, partners and staff to ambitiously accelerate the global growth of the game. Technology, engagement, women’s cricket and driving greater value are key focus areas for us as we consider how we can innovate to transform the sport’s long-term future and create a vibrant and sustainable sport globally.”