Manu Sawhney has taken over as chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The former chief executive of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports joined the governing body last month and has now officially replaced former South Africa wicketkeeper David Richardson.
It had been reported Richardson would not step down until after the men’s Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, which is not set to begin until May 30.
However, the ICC says Sawhney will replace Richardson immediately, although he will continue working on the World Cup.
“I am absolutely delighted to be taking the reins from David, who has steered the sport so capably over the past seven years,” said India-born Sawhney.
“I am pleased to say he will continue to lead the delivery of the Cricket World Cup and there is no better person to ensure the event is the greatest celebration of cricket.
“I am excited by the opportunities ahead and am looking forward to working in partnership with our members, partners and staff to ambitiously accelerate the global growth of the game.”
Sawhney highlighted technology, engagement, women’s cricket and “driving greater value” as key focus areas for the ICC.
In a statement of his own, Richardson said the World Cup would be “the perfect point” to depart.
“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,” he said.
“The Cricket World Cup is the perfect point at which to move on and I am privileged to lead the delivery of this event and know it will do our sport proud.
“I’d like to wish Manu and the team the very best of luck for the future.”