Manu Sawhney takes charge as new Chief Executive of ICC
Indian-born Media Executive, Manu Sawhney has taken over as Chief Executive of International Cricket Council, world body said as it started a new era aiming to boost sport´s television revenues and profile.
Sawhney has been preparing for transition alongside Richardson at ICC´s Dubai headquarters for past six weeks as cricket becomes latest in a series of sports to turn to a business executive to lead its operations.
Star Sports has in recent years become one of the key international cricket broadcasters.
Sawhney said in a statement that Richardson, who would remain in charge of organisation of World Cup in England, which starts May 30, has “steered sport so capably over last seven years”.
“I am pleased to say he will continue to lead the delivery of ICC men´s Cricket World Cup 2019 and there is no better person to ensure event is greatest celebration of cricket ever,” added Sawhney, who is also a former chief executive of the Singapore Sports Hub stadium development.
Richardson joined ICC as General Manager of Cricket Operations, and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2012 after South African Haroon Lorgat quit.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at 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.
While ICC does not give figures for television revenues, industry sources say the world body is expecting record revenues for 2019.