The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the appointment of the former South African fast bowler Steve Elworthy as the managing director for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Elworthy previously served as the tournament director for the ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in 2007 and 2009 as well as the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Along with the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Elworthy will also oversee the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup which will be hosted by the ECB.
The 51-year-old will have a dedicated team based at Lord’s and will oversee the various aspects of the tournament such as logistics, cricket operations, marketing, security and volunteering.
ICC chief executive David Richardson praised Elworthy for his proven track record and is confident that he will deliver an “unforgettable event”.
“Steve is well respected and enjoys an excellent relationship with the ICC Events staff.
“He has a proven track record as a cricket administrator.
“I’m confident that the ICC and Steve’s team will work together to ensure they scale new heights in delivering an unforgettable event for players, spectators, media and sponsors.”
The chief executive of the ECB, Tom Harrison congratulated Elworthy for his appointment and said that he was perfectly qualified for the post.
“It’s vital cricket in England and Wales capitalises fully on the unique opportunity we’ve been given to stage three major ICC events in the next three years – and Steve is perfectly qualified to provide the leadership and detailed planning required for all three.
“He has an outstanding track record of delivering fan-friendly tournaments which have been widely admired not just in cricket, but across the wider sports industry.
“Our congratulations to Steve on his appointment and we will be offering him and his team all the support they need to deliver successful tournaments in both 2017 and 2019.”
Elworthy is keen to deliver an excellent tournament in 2019 and termed the opportunity as “the biggest and the best yet”.
“Since I retired from professional cricket in 2003, I have been given some fantastic opportunities in cricket administration and managing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the biggest and the best yet.
“The UK has an outstanding record of hosting world-class events which set a benchmark for other countries, and other sports, to follow and I am very keen to maintain that tradition over the next three years.
“All three ICC global events will give us great opportunities to broaden cricket’s appeal and reach out to new audiences world-wide.”
Earlier, Elworthy also served in senior management positions with the ECB and Cricket South Africa overseeing marketing and communications.
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