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Former ESPN Star Sports Managing Director Manu Sawhney Becomes New ICC Chief

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| January 16 , 2019 , 19:31 IST

Manu Sawhney, a former managing director of ESPN Star Sports and Singapore Sports Hub becomes the new chief executive officer of International Cricket Council on Tuesday.

He is also a non-executive director and member of the audit committee of Manchester United Limited. Sawhney will replace South Africa’s David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July.

He said, “It is a great privilege and responsibility to serve the global cricket community as CEO of the ICC. The sport has more than a billion fans and an ambitious growth strategy so it is a very exciting time to lead the organization.

“I’d like to thank the ICC Board for giving me this opportunity and look forward to working with them, our Members, the team and ICC’s incredible partners and cricketers around the world to propel the sport forward into a period of significant and sustained global growth in the coming years.”

The appointment was ratified by the ICC Board following a global search and appointment process led by ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar and the Nominations Committee. Apart from Manohar, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, Cricket West Indies president David Cameron, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings, and independent director Indra Nooyi were part of the panel to conduct the interviews which were held in London on Sunday and Monday (January 13 and 14).

“I am delighted to confirm Manu’s appointment today. 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. Our search produced a host of excellent candidates from around the world, but Manu stood out as the man to work with our Members and take cricket forward,” Manohar said as quoted as saying in an ICC release.</

“He has proven success in a number of leadership roles in both sport and broadcasting. He is a strategic thinker and understands the cricket landscape and its complexities. The decision of the Nominations Committee to recommend Manu to the Board was a unanimous one and I and my fellow directors are looking forward to working with him,” he added.

He has been featured in the elite list of Sportcal’s most influential sports executives over the last two decades and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India. He has also attained a Masters degree in International Business from the reputed Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, India.