After a long time, two Indians will be working alongside at the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters. After Shashank Manohar being elected as President of the ICC, Manu Sawhney has been announced as the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC with immediate effect.
For the past two months, Sawhney has been working alongside outgoing CEO, David Richardson to ensure a smooth transition for the organisation. Richardson will remain with the ICC until July, as originally planned, to oversee the delivery of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in the United Kingdom later this year.
Sawhney, a graduate from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, was with ESPN Star Sports for seventeen years. During his tenure as Managing Director, he was responsible for scaling the business and doubling the annual revenues whilst delivering innovative content and digital growth strategy. He also built strong partnerships with stakeholders across 24 countries in Asia, according to reports.
Additionally, he led the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007-2015. He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd.
Being grateful for the position, Manu said: “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. 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.”
He has paved the path for Indians to reach the apex of the international sport off the field and is set to inspire many youngsters growing up.
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