The ICC has announced that Sir Ronnie Flanagan will replace Lord Paul Condon as Chief of the ICC Anti Corruption and Security Unit.
Lord Condon is expected to retire in June 2010 and the ICC believe they have found a suitable replacement. He had this to say, “I feel that my 10th year with the ICC is a fitting time to stand down especially as I have now completed the work of the task force set up to look into improving security after the attack in Lahore last March.
“I am proud of everything that we have achieved in the ACSU in the last 10 years and now I feel that Sir Ronnie will be able to continue and develop that work for the good of the game with the support of Ravi Sawani, General Manager of the ICC ACSU.
Making the announcement, the ICC Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat stated, “The job description dictates that anyone who takes the role has to be of international standing and experience. There is no doubt that Sir Ronnie fits that description. He served as a Chief Constable, he has advised governments around the world in policing techniques and has also been involved in sport.
“We are extremely grateful to Lord Condon firstly for serving our great sport with distinction and then, after a thorough search, helping to identify such an able and qualified successor. Lord Condon had again indicated to me earlier this year his intention to retire from the role of chairman in June.
“He has been an outstanding servant to cricket in setting up the ACSU and latterly serving as its chairman. He has guided the ACSU through difficult times for the game of cricket and helped to establish the unit as the world leader in its field and one that other sports are now looking to emulate. The game owes him a great debt of gratitude
Sir Ronnie Flanagan is presently involved with devising a suitable security plan as England bid for the hosting rights of the FIFA World Cup as well as working as an advisor for the Abu Dhabi Police Force.
Sir Ronnie, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, was the Home Office Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and was previously the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland since its creation in 2001 until 2002. He had also been Chief Constable of its predecessor, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) from 1996 until 2001.