ICC to Announce David Richardson as New CEO

By Community | May 10, 2012

The International Cricket Council (ICC) are set to appoint former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman David Richardson as their new chief executive.

The world governing body is ready to appoint from within after Richardson was recommended to the board ahead of three other candidates, who reportedly included England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier.

Richardson, the ICC general manager of cricket for the past decade, will take up his new role in place of departing chief executive Haroon Lorgat at the end of June, as long as the nominations committee’s recommendation is agreed at his employers’ annual conference.

“It is a great honour to be nominated to be chief executive of the ICC,” sadi Richardson. “I am delighted with this opportunity and thank the ICC board for their approval.

“It is an honour to be following a fellow South African, Haroon Lorgat, in this role. I have learnt a lot under his leadership and thank him for his support in the last four years.”

CC vice president Alan Isaac, who was tasked by the ICC board with identifying Lorgat’s successor, added: “David Richardson was an outstanding candidate who not only had important knowledge of the ICC administration, its staff and its operations but also has unquestioned cricketing knowledge – having represented his country so admirably.

“His appointment will provide continuity and a smooth transition after Haroon Lorgat steps down after ICC annual conference in Kuala Lumpur at the end of June.

“I am sure all my colleagues on the nominations committee will agree that this was a very difficult assignment, because we were presented with not only three other experienced and talented candidates but also an extremely impressive longer list of contenders for this important role.

“I am grateful to the final four for travelling to Mumbai, and I am sure they will understand and respect our decision.

“I am looking forward to working closely with David over the next two years and I am sure that he will carry the support of all the full members and the ICC staff.”