Manu Sawhney, ICC CEO

Manu Sawhney
Manu Sawhney

Manu Sawhney became the fifth Chief Executive of the ICC on 1 April 2019 succeeding David Richardson who had held the role since June 2012. Mr Sawhney will lead the ICC, delivering the global growth strategy for the game in partnership with Members and driving the future commercial direction of the sport.

Mr Sawhney is the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports with 22 years of commercial experience in both sport and broadcasting in senior leadership roles.

He was with ESPN Star Sports for seventeen years and during his tenure as Managing Director was responsible for scaling the business and doubling annual revenues whilst delivering an innovative content and digital growth strategy and building strong partnerships with stakeholders across 24 countries in Asia. 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. 

He is married to Rachna and has a son, Arjun and a daughter, Gaurika.

David Richardson, ICC Cricket World Cup CEO

David Richardson
David Richardson

David Richardson was confirmed as the successor to Haroon Lorgat as the ICC Chief Executive Officer after the ICC Annual Conference in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on 28 June 2012.

Johannesburg-born Mr Richardson had been the General Manager – Cricket of the ICC for the previous 10 years and has an outstanding CV, having represented South Africa as a wicketkeeper in 42 Test matches and 122 One-Day Internationals.

Raised in Port Elizabeth, Mr Richardson attended the Marist Brothers College before continuing his education at the University of Port Elizabeth, now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He also graduated from Senior Executive Programmes at the London Business School in 2008.

Mr Richardson is a qualified lawyer, and, upon retiring from international cricket in 1998, maintained close contact with the game as both a Business Director with Octagon SA and as a media commentator with SuperSport in South Africa before becoming the ICC’s first General Manager in January 2002.

He is the fourth ICC Chief Executive Officer. His predecessors were David Richards (1993-2001), Malcolm Speed (2001-2008) and Haroon Lorgat (2008-2012).

He is an Honorary Life Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

He is married to Jennifer and has three sons – Michael, Matthew and Jonathan.

Cricket Career

Format

Matches

Innings

Not outs

Runs

Highest Score

Average

100s

50s

Catches

Stumpings

Test

42

64

8

1359

109

24.26

1

8

150

2

ODI

122

77

33

868

53

19.72

0

1

148

17

First Class

200

310

51

6981

134

26.95

6

37

579

40

Limited Overs

158

137

36

2545

94

25.19

0

13

167

12

 

• First class debut 1978/79
• Captain of Eastern Province 1987/88
• South African Cricketer of the Year 1995
• Previous holder of South African Test wicket-keeping record for most number of dismissals in a career
• Retired February 1998 after South African Tour to Australia