The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to recommend David Richardson as the successor to Haroon Lorgat as Chief Executive when the latter steps down on 30th June.
52-year-old Richardson, who retired from playing in 1998, has been the ICC's General Manager - Cricket for ten years and has emerged as the board's choice to succeed Lorgat and become the fourth Chief Executive of the ICC.
"It is a great honour to be nominated to be Chief Executive of the ICC. I am delighted with this opportunity and thank the ICC Board for their approval," Richardson said.
"It has been a privilege to serve as ICC General Manager - Cricket, and that work will continue until such time as the ICC Annual Conference ratifies my nomination. I am looking forward to working closely with all the membership and stakeholders in the game.
"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."
ICC Vice President Alan Isaac, who headed the recruitment process, said: "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 would like to put on record my appreciation for Haroon and what he and the ICC staff have achieved in the last four years. There have been many challenges which have been met head on.
"I am sure all my colleagues on the nominations committee will agree that this was a very difficult assignment as 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 pleased that the ICC Board has also endorsed David Richardson and now we are taking this nomination forward to ICC Annual Conference for its blessing.
"I would also like to thank the international executive recruitment firm Egon Zehnder for their assistance and tireless work in producing such a high quality field of candidates.
"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."
The ICC Annual Conference is set for Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on 28th June.
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