Steve Elworthy, Managing Director of 2019 World Cup

20 Jul 2016 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Steve Elworthy, 51, has been appointed as the Managing Director of the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

A former South African cricketer, Mr Elworthy will also oversee other major tournaments like the ICC Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup in 2017. Both the tournaments are scheduled to be played in England and Wales.

He represented SA in four tests and 39 one day internationals.

In context: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

2019 World CupEngland and Wales to host upcoming World Cup

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be co-hosted by England and Wales from 30 May - 15 July 2019.

It will be the fifth time that England and Wales will host the tournament.

The tournament will be of round robin and elimination format, which will have 10 nations unlike the 2011 and 2015 editions which featured 14 nations.

The formatICC cuts the 2019 WC to 10 teams

The International Cricket Council has reduced the number of teams to 10 for the upcoming 2019 WC.

Seven teams from the top eight, excluding England, will automatically get qualified for the tournament. The remaining two spots will be filled after the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Bangladesh in 2018.

Host England gets direct entry to the 2019 World Cup.

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20 Jul 2016Steve Elworthy, Managing Director of 2019 World Cup

Previous positions of Elworthy at ICC

Steve Elworthy, after retiring from cricket, took management positions in England Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa. He was the tournament Director for World T20 in 2007 and 2009 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.