Tom Harrison to step down as ECB Chief Executive in June


Tom Harrison to step down as ECB Chief Executive in June

Tom Harrison will step down as Chief Executive of the ECB in June after being in the role for seven-and-a-half years. The managing director of Women’s Cricket & President of the MCC will serve as ECB’s Chief Executive on an Interim Basis when Harrison’s tenure ends in June.

Tom Harrison was appointed as ECB’s Chief Executive in October 2014 after having held senior executive positions at the IMG in Singapore & ESPM Star Sports. He also had a brief first-class cricket career with Derbyshire & Northamptonshire. Harrison had overseen the introduction of the Hundred tournament which launched last summer while his 1.1 billion Television rights deal which he had negotiated in 2017 has seen the ECB’s revenue grow significantly.

He had also dealt with the sensitive issue of racism that has surrounded English Cricket over the last two years, regularly giving evidence to DCMS (Department of digital, culture, media & sport) select committees, and oversaw the sport’s response to the 2020 pandemic, including the staging of England men’s full international summer program behind closed doors in bio-secure environments.

“It has been a huge honor to be CEO of the ECB for the past seven years,” Harrison said.

“Cricket is an extraordinary force for good in the world and my goal has been to make the game bigger and ensure more people and more communities in England and Wales feel they have a place in this sport. The long-term health of cricket depends on its ability to grow and remain relevant and be more inclusive in an ever-changing world,” Harrison added to the statement

“The past two years have been incredibly challenging, but we have pulled together to get through the pandemic, overcome cricket’s biggest financial crisis, and committed to tackling discrimination and continuing the journey towards becoming the inclusive, welcoming sport we strive to be. I have put everything into this role, but I believe now is the right time to bring in fresh energy to continue this work.”

Harrison is the latest person to step down from a position at the ECB in recent months as earlier the managing director, head coach, assistant coach & captain of the men’s team were either sacked or resigned from their positions over the Ashes blunder. The role of Chairperson is still vacant following Watmore’s departure in October.

Rob Key has recently filled the vacant director’s role last month, following the sacking of Ashley Giles in the wake of the Ashes, while Brendon McCullum was last week named as England’s new Test coach, replacing Chris Silverwood. Meanwhile, England’s Test team will have a new Captain in the house with Ben Stokes replacing Joe Root. Australian Women’s team head coach, Matthew Mott is expected to be unveiled as the new white-ball coach this week.

Martin Darlow, the ECB interim chair, said: “Tom has been an outstanding CEO and deserves our sincere thanks for all he has achieved in his time at the ECB. Through the Inspiring Generations strategy, he has set the game on a path to growth and to being played and watched by more people from all backgrounds, underpinned by record investment in cricket.”

“When the pandemic struck, it was Tom’s leadership that brought the game together and saved us from the worst financial crisis the sport has ever faced. He has always put the interests of the game first and worked to lead important change to make our game more accessible and inclusive, though we all know there is still much more work to do.”

“We will now begin the search for his successor who can build on all that he has achieved. I’m pleased that Clare Connor has agreed to step into the role on an interim basis while this process is underway.”

The ECB Board has appointed Executive Search Firm Spencer, Stuart to lead the search for a new Chief Executive with the role expected to be advertised publicly shortly.

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