Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland has made a shock announcement, revealing he’s stepping down after 17 years in the role.
Sutherland has provided 12-months notice for his resignation, giving Cricket Australia the time to find a suitable replacement.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Sutherland said he felt the time was right to make the decision.
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“After nearly 20 years at Cricket Australia, the time is right. I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game,” he said.
“In the last 12 months we have laid key foundation stones which have included a new strategy for Australian cricket, a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Cricketers’ Association that provides certainty for our male and female cricketers, and just recently, a new domestic broadcast rights deals that will see broader TV coverage and significant increases in revenue flowing into the game.
“With these foundations in place, I feel that it is a good time to hand over the reins to a new CEO.
M Sutherland said his successor will have a “strong and stable platform from which to lead our national strategy and to deliver on our bold aspirations to grow cricket as Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians.”
Sutherland began at Cricket Australia in 1998 and has been CEO since 2001.