Steve Elworthy appointed as managing director of 2019 World Cup- In a recent turn of events in the International Cricket Council (ICC) leadership swipe, Steve Elworthy, the former South Africa fast bowler, was appointed as Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. (Just In: BCCI to be Apex Council and CAG to monitor BCCI accounts)

Elworthy’s appointment was announced by a joint statement by the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday. Elworthy has also been given additional responsibilities of managing the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Steve Elworthy
Steve Elworthy

His past experience as tournament director for World T20 in 2007 and 2009 and head of Champions Trophy in 2013 will help him to carry out this extravagant responsibility entrusted upon him.

Elworthy represented South Africa in four Tests and 39 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and took 57 international wickets. He retired in 2003, and thereafter held various positions in marketing and communications departments of the ECB.

“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,” Elworthy said in the joint press session. He also shed light on UK’s rich expertise in successfully hosting sports events of international stature many times in recent history.

Focusing the media’s attention on Elworthy’s flawless track record as an administrator, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said, “Steve is well respected and enjoys an excellent relationship with the ICC Events staff,”. “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.”

“It’s an exciting time for cricket administrators in the ECB, who now have three major international events coming up in the next few years”, said Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the ECB. He expressed confidence and trust in Elworthy to handle all these important events.