Steve Elworthy has been appointed as managing director of England 2019 ©ECB

Former South Africa international Steve Elworthy has been appointed as managing director of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, it was announced today.

Elworthy, who played four Tests and 39 one day internationals during his career as a fast bowler, will also be tasked with overseeing the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, with both events also due to be held in England and Wales.

The 51-year-old has extensive experience in working with major competitions, particularly in England and Wales, as he was tournament director of the 2013 Champions Trophy and the 2009 World Twenty20.

Elworthy also performed the role during the first-ever World Twenty20 in his native South Africa in 2007.

“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,” Elworthy said.

Steve Elworthy has extensive experience in major tournaments ©ICC
Steve Elworthy has extensive experience in major tournaments ©ICC

“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.”

In his role as managing director of England 2019, he will be tasked with leading the team which will be responsible for all aspects of the tournament including marketing, logistics, cricket operations, volunteering and security.

“Steve is well respected and enjoys an excellent relationship with the ICC events staff," ICC chief executive David Richardson added.

"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.”