Manu Sawhney has taken his charge as the Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He will be working along with Dave Richardson, who has already informed that he will be stepping down from his position after the 2019 World Cup. Sawhney, who is a former ESPN Star Sports MD, has already started working alongside current Chief Executive, Richardson, from the last six weeks to ensure a smooth transformation. As per the original planning, Richardson will remain with the ICC till July, while Sawhney was appointed as Chief Executive in January.
I am absolutely delighted
Earlier, Sawhney’s appointment was approved by the ICC Board following a global search and appointment process head by the apex board’s chairman Shashank Manohar and also the Nominations Committee. During a conversation, Sawhney mentioned that he is very much delighted to take over as the Chief Executive of ICC. He also praised David for his fabulous contribution in the last seven years. He stated that he is looking forward to working in association with the board.
“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 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,” quoted Manu Sawhney.
Sawhney has the immense experience of working with ESPN Star Sports for a total of 17 years and played an important role in scaling the business and doubling the annual revenues. In the past, he has also led the global broadcasting deal with the ICC that continued between 2007-2015.
“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,” Sawhney added.