Thompson appointed as first ICU chief

Peter Thompson has been announced as the first chief executive of the Irish Cricket Union.

Mr Thompson will take up the post in May after almost four years as head of marketing of Warwickshire County Cricket Club in Birmingham.

The 32-year-old has been responsible for commercial income at Warwickshire and it will be one of his priorities within the ICU.

He said today : "I have been impressed by the forward looking attitude of the Irish Cricket Union and as the first chief executive in its history, I will be very conscious of the many challenges which lie ahead.

"The future well being of the game in Ireland of course depends on what happens on the field at all levels of representative cricket and I hope my experience, not least in the commercial sector, will add a beneficial dimension.

"I am well aware of the success of the international sides at youth level and, of course, the major challenge for the men’s senior side is to qualify for the next World Cup in the West Indies in 2007.

"The fact that the ICC qualifying competition is to be staged in Ireland in two years’ time is a tremendous bonus and I look forward to working with the ICU Executive and the national coach, Adrian Birrell, to ensure its success."

Mr Thompson was responsible for the operational management of international cricket at Edgbaston and was Warwickshire’s coordinator for the 1999 World Cup in England.

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