Geoff Allardice appointed new ICC Chief Executive

Geoff Allardice

After filling the role in an interim capacity for eight months, Geoff Allardice has been appointed as the ICC’s Chief Executive on a permanent basis.

He took over the job from Manu Sawhney in March this year after the former CEO was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

This after a review following numerous allegations over Sawhney’s management style and the culture within the governing body.

In July, he was then sacked after an emergency board meeting chaired by ICC Chairperson Greg Barclay.

“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 in a release to the media.

“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.”

While he never played Test cricketer, he was an accomplished batsman at first-class level for Victoria in Australia.

He first stepped into administration when he become Cricket Australia umpiring manager, having been approached by CA boss James Sutherland.

Joins ICC as Richardson’s replacement

After serving as CA’s manager of cricket, he took a similar role within the ICC, succeeding Dave Richardson.

“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,” Allardice said.

“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.”