ICC World Cup 2015 March 13, 2013

Ralph Waters new World Cup 2015 chairman

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ralph Waters has been named new chairman of the local organising committee for the 2015 World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Waters was previously the deputy chairman of the committee and succeeds James Strong, the previous chairman, who died in Sydney last week.

Waters, a prominent businessman from New Zealand, said he would work closely with the home boards organising the World Cup and carry out a successful tournament.

"Like myself, James [Strong] had lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand and was determined to put on a truly world class tournament in 2015," Waters said. "I share his vision and will work closely with the ICC, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to deliver a successful tournament for cricket fans around the world."

Alan Isaac, ICC president, said Strong would be missed, but a successful World Cup would be delivered nevertheless. "James' passion and expertise will be missed by all of us," Isaac said. "I know Ralph shares the same love for the game and together we will deliver a great tournament."