The International Cricket Council has confirmed a permanent Chief Executive Officer after an interim arrangement for more than eight months, ever since Manu Sawhney had relinquished the post.
The IICC on Sunday confirmed Geoff Allardice has been appointed as the organisation’s permanent CEO. He had been holding the position on interim basis for more than eight months.
Allardice, a former first-class cricketer, was the ICC General Manager, Cricket for eight years. Prior to that he held a similar role with Cricket Australia.
ICC Chair Greg Barclay hailed Allardice’s leadership abilities. “I am delighted that Geoff has agreed to take the role of ICC CEO on a permanent basis. He has shown tremendous leadership during an extremely challenging period culminating in the successful delivery of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021,” Barclay said.
“Geoff has unrivalled knowledge of the global cricket landscape and its stakeholders and has consistently demonstrated he is the right person to work in partnership with our Members to shape the sport for the next decade as we embark on delivering a new strategy and our next commercial rights cycle.”
Allardice added: “It’s a great privilege to be appointed as the CEO of the ICC and I would like to thank Greg and the ICC Board for the opportunity to lead the sport as we enter an exciting new phase of growth.
“My continued focus will be on doing the right thing for our sport and working closely with Members to deliver long-term success and sustainability. I would also like to thank the ICC staff for their commitment and support over the last eight months and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve cricket with such a talented team.”