Steve Elworthy, a senior figure at the ECB, has been appointed managing director of the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.

Elworthy, the former South Africa pace bowler, has previously been the Tournament Director for the 2007 and 2009 World T20s and the 2013 Champions Trophy.

In his new role, which will be based at Lord's, he will oversee the lead-up and running of the 2019 World Cup as well as the Champions Trophy and Women's World Cup, which the ECB will host in 2017.

Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, said: "It's vital cricket in England and Wales capitalises fully on the unique opportunity we've been given to stage three major ICC events in the next three year - and Steve is perfectly qualified to provide the leadership and detailed planning required for all three.

"He has an outstanding track record of delivering fan-friendly tournaments which have been widely admired not just in cricket, but across the wider sports industry.

Elworthy said: "The UK has an outstanding record of hosting world-class events which set a benchmark for other countries, and other sports, to follow and I am very keen to maintain that tradition over the next three years.