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Indian-born media executive Manu Sawhney has taken over as chief executive of the International Cricket Council, the world body announced in a statement.

Sawhney, who has been managing director of broadcaster ESPN Star Sports and is a non-executive director of Manchester United, succeeds former South African Test wicketkeeper Dave Richardson.

Sawhney has been working alongside Richardson at the ICC's Dubai headquarters for the past six weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

However, Richardson will remain with the ICC until July to lead the delivery of the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales starting May 30.

"I am pleased to say he will continue to lead the delivery of the ICC men's Cricket World Cup 2019 and there is no better person to ensure the event is the greatest celebration of cricket ever," said Sawhney, who is also a former chief executive of the Singapore Sports Hub stadium development.

Richardson joined the ICC as general manager of cricket operations, and was promoted to chief executive in 2012 after South African Haroon Lorgat stepped down.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in recent times particularly in creating greater context for all formats of the game," said Richardson.

“The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is the perfect point at which to move on and I am privileged to be able to lead the delivery of this event and I know it will do our sport proud."