Dave Richardson, the former South Africa wicketkeeper and ICC general manager (cricket), has been picked by the ICC board to succeed Haroon Lorgat as chief executive. The board will recommend Richardson's name at the ICC annual conference in June, when Lorgat's term ends. Richardson will be the first former Test cricketer to occupy this position.

The ICC nominations committee had met in Mumbai on Sunday to interview four candidates - the others included ECB chief executive David Collier - for the role and on Thursday obtained the ICC board's support for Richardson.

Richardson called the nomination a "great honour." "I am delighted with this opportunity and thank the ICC board for their approval. It has been a privilege to serve as ICC general manager, and that work will continue until such time as the ICC annual conference ratifies my nomination."

Alan Isaac, the ICC vice-president, said Richardson would "provide continuity and a smooth transition" from Lorgat.

"David Richardson was an outstanding candidate who not only had important knowledge of the ICC administration, its staff and its operations but also has unquestioned cricketing knowledge having represented his country so admirably," Isaac said. "I would like to put on record my appreciation for Haroon and what he and the ICC staff have achieved in the last four years. There have been many challenges, which have been met head on.

Richardson, a qualified lawyer, has served as ICC general manager - cricket for ten years and also played 42 Test matches and 122 ODIs for South Africa. After retiring from international cricket in 1998, Richardson was a business director with Octagon SA and a media commentator before becoming the ICC's first general manager in January 2002.