Sawhney fills ICC chief executive seat ahead of schedule
Manu Sawhney, a former senior broadcasting executive in Asia, who was expected to formally become the new chief executive of the International Cricket Council this July, has in fact taken up the position today.
Sawhney has been working alongside outgoing chief executive David Richardson for the past six weeks in order to ensure a smooth transition.
The ICC originally stated in January that Sawhney would be involved in a more lengthy handover process before taking the helm later this year, after the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, which runs from 30 May to 14 July.
Richardson, a South African former international cricketer, had been ICC chief executive since 2012, but announced last July that he would be stepping down after the World Cup.
Commenting on his appointment, Sawhney said: “I am excited by the opportunities ahead…. 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 was most recently chief executive of the Sports Hub Pte Ltd, the consortium which operates the Singapore Sports Hub, but left in May 2017, after 19 months, having taken a leave of absence.
Sawhney was previously managing director of ESPN Star Sports, the Singapore-based Asian joint-venture broadcaster, until 2012, when News Corp took full control of the operation.
He worked at ESPN Star Sports for 17 years, during which time he helped secure the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007 to 2015.
The ICC is based in Dubai, and has 105 members.
The governing body has today issued an expression of interest for a sport presentation partner for the next editions of the men's and women's ICC T20 World Cups, both of which will take place in Australia next year.
The selected partner will be responsible for producing the overall plan for sports presentation in stadia and external concourse areas, and implementing that plan across both tournaments.
The ICC states that companies with "extensive experience in providing similar services, and with the capability to deliver the tournament vision" should apply, and that shortlisted candidates will be invited to engage in a formal tender process.
The deadline for responses to the EOI is 19 April.
The 2020 Women's T20 World Cup will take place from 21 February to 8 March, and be followed by the men's competition from 18 October to 15 November.