ICC appoints Geoff Allardice permanent CEO
Geoff Allardice has been appointed as the permanent CEO by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday (November 21). He has been working in the interim role for more than eight months after taking over from Manu Sawhney in March this year.
54-year-old Allardice is former first class cricketer from Australia, who played 14 first class matches and List A four matches. He finished his career with 665 runs across formats. He worked as ICC general manager for eight years. He also served in similar role for Cricket Australia before taking up the job with the ICC.
Greg Barclay, ICC Chair, expressed his delight in the appointment of Allardice in the permanent role and said that he added great value for the governing body in the past with his knowledge of the global landscape of cricket. Barclay hoped that Allardice will continue to keep up his work.
“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.
“Geoff has unrivaled 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.”
Allardice thanked ICC for the opportunity and said that he would work towards long-term success and sustainability.
“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.”