Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Patel to Oversee 'Exciting Time for Game'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Patel to Oversee 'Exciting Time for Game'

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SOUTH African Imtiaz Patel is set to be appointed new chief executive of the International Cricket Council.

The 43-year-old was yesterday named as the ICC's preferred choice to take over from Australian Malcolm Speed, who is due to step down in June.

Patel, who is thought to have beaten off competition from rival candidates including former India cricket chief Inderjit Singh Bindra, will be invited to take up an initial three-year posting.

Patel is currently the chief executive of South African broadcaster SuperSport International and has also held directorships with the country's cricket board. The decision to offer him the post was made at the ICC's executive board meeting in Dubai. ICC president-elect David Morgan, the former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman who also takes up his post with the world governing body in June, said: "I am pleased that the ICC board has approved this appointment. We are now negotiating the details of Mr Patel's engagement as our chief executive. …

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