World Cup 2007 September 10, 2005

Gordon appointed World Cup chairman

Cricinfo staff

Ken Gordon: in charge of World Cup preparations © Getty Images

Ken Gordon, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board, has been appointed chairman of the ICC board that will handle arrangements for the 2007 World Cup, to be staged in the West Indies.

The appointment follows the resignation of Rawle Brancker as chairman. The other board members who were present when Brancker quit also offered their resignations to allow the new president of the WICB an opportunity to reconstitute the board.

Gordon recently visited the head offices of the 2007 World Cup organisers, meeting the team responsible for the planning and execution of the tournament, which is to be staged in the West Indies. According to a press release, Gordon met Chris Dehring, the managing director and CEO, Don Lockerbie, the chief operating officer and venue development director, and ICC host liaison Chris Tetley last week.

Saying that the meeting was arranged in order to familiarise the new president with the preparations for the event, Dehring said the visit also provided him with a first-hand look at the "engine room" responsible for the delivery of the tournament. Dehring also introduced Gordon to the "cosmopolitan and enthusiastic CWC team" drawn from the region, who will work in tandem with the talents and resources at the Local Organising Committees (LOCs) in each host venue.