David Richards, Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has confirmed that he plans to return to his native Australia in 2001. The ICC will therefore be appointing a new Chief Executive to take over from Mr Richards next year.

According to ICC President Malcolm Gray: ‘David has led the ICC tremendously effectively since his appointment in 1993. In particular, he played a key role in negotiating the contract with the World Sports Group/News Corporation which will bring at least $550 million into the ICC over the next seven years. The ICC Development Program was his creation and during his term the ICC has evolved as an effective international sporting organisation.

‘In accordance with his contract, he has given us twelve months notice and remains with the ICC at least until a new appointment is made. His successor will have a very solid foundation on which to further develop the ICC’.

Commenting on his decision, Mr Richards said: ‘It has been a privilege to work with the Member countries in building the new ICC. We have reached a point where the ICC has the financial resources and governance to take the next step in its growth as the governing body of world cricket.

‘The job is never complete, but the next phase requires a commitment of at least five years. I was to devote more time to family and other interests, and it is time for a new Chief Executive to take the ICC forward. Meanwhile, we have plenty of challenges to deal with, so it is business as usual.’

The process to appoint a new Chief Executive will be determined at the ICC Executive Board meeting in Nairobi on 16th and 17th October.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Hodgson, tel: 0725 30695 (Kenya)
Mark Harrison, tel: 020 7266 7913 (UK)