The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced that Manu Sawhney will assume the position of Chief Executive with immediate effect.
Sawhney, who has been a non-executive director of football giants Manchester United, succeeds former South African Test wicketkeeper Dave Richardson in the position.
Sawhney has been working alongside the outgoing CEO for the last six weeks to ensure a smooth transition for the organization. Richardson will remain with the ICC until July as originally planned to oversee the delivery of the ICC World Cup 2019.
Commenting on his appointment Sawhney said: “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 World Cup 2019 and there is no better person to ensure the event is the greatest celebration of cricket ever.”