James Strong, the chairman of the Organising Committee of the ICC World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand, has passed away.
The 68-year-old Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) passed away late Sunday night.
"James possessed a passion and vision for the tournament that set the tone for the entire organisation. The staff of the Organising Committee are profoundly saddened by the death of their chairman," an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement said.
"A world-class leader, he was always friendly and approachable, taking the time to get to know the staff and listen to their views."
ICC World Cup chief executive John Harnden knew and worked with Strong for almost 20 years.
"James has been a friend and a mentor to me over a long period and I will miss his company and advice. He has made a massive contribution to sporting life in Australia and New Zealand. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and many friends. We will continue the work he began on the World Cup and deliver a tournament in 2015 that would make him proud," said Harnden.
Harnden added that Strong's successor will be made in due course.