In what has come as one of the major news in International Cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has jointly appointed Steve Elworthy as the Managing Director of the ICC World Cup, scheduled to be held in England and Wales in 2019. He would also be responsible for heading the management team for the ICC Champion’s Trophy and Women’s World Cup, both of which will be played in England and Wales in 2017.
Who is Steve Elworthy?
Mr. Steve Elworthy, 51, is a former South African fast bowler who has played 4 tests and 39 ODIs. He has also been present in the senior management positions in Marketing and Communications, for both ECB as well as Cricket South Africa.
Earlier, Mr. Elworthy has been in positions of the Tournament Director for 3 different ICC tournaments: the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009, which were organised in England and Wales. He was the Tournament Director for first ever ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.
Mr. Elworthy’s new role as the MD of the ICC WORLD CUP 2019, demands him to manage a number of things. He will be leading a dedicated Lord’s based team accountable for all features of the tournament including marketing, logistics, cricket operations, volunteering and security.
Welcoming Elworthy’s appointment, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “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.”
ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison, too, was all in praises of Elworthy. He congratulated Steve and said, “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 year – 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, who is thankful for receiving fantastic opportunities in cricket administration, and considers his new role to be best till date, said, “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.”
We wish Mr. Elworthy the very best in his new role.