Statement on behalf of ICC Cricket World Cup

Dubai, Mar 04, 2013: The Board and staff of the Local Organising Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 are profoundly saddened by the death of their Chairman, James Strong AO. James possessed a passion and vision for the tournament that set the tone for the entire organization.

A world-class leader, he was always friendly and approachable, taking the time to get to know the staff and listen to their views. ICC Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden knew and worked with James for close to 20 years.

“James has been a friend and a mentor to me over a long period and I will miss his company and his advice. He has made a massive contribution to corporate and sporting life in Australia and New Zealand.

“We extend our sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

“We will continue the work he began on the World Cup and deliver a tournament in 2015 that would make him proud.”

Mr Harnden said a statement regarding Mr Strong’s successor as Chairman would be made in due course. —- ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 local organising committee

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