James Sutherland resigns as Cricket Australia CEO

James Sutherland, the backbone of Cricket Australia for the majority of his administrative career, has resigned his CEO post. The 52-year-old James Sutherland shocked everyone by resigining the CEO post of Cricket Australia. Just a couple of months ago, the Aussie cricketers were involved in the ball-tampering incident and found a one-year ban.

“It certainly was a big issue at the time,” Sutherland told reporters in Melbourne. “But when you work in an industry and a rich environment as we do, as chief executive of a major sport, these things come from time to time. It hasn’t had a bearing on my decision.

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James Sutherland CEO Cricket Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

“We’ve had some big, big things to deal with over the course of the last 12 months,” he added. “Obviously, there’s Cape Town, but there are also some key planks that are now in place to allow me to step aside and for a new chief executive to come in and have a really strong platform from which to operate and take the game forward.”

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“David and I have actually been talking about this for two years….where I am personally,” he said. “But also when the best time for the game is, as I said before, with some really key building planks in place, the strategy, the media rights deal now done…I feel that it’s a good time for me to hand over the reins to a new chief executive.”

James Sutherland has stated that his successor will indeed have a strong and stable platform to ensure that things are run smoothly.

“It’s my intention to give the board the opportunity to run a thorough process to identify my successor and for me to provide support to the new (chief executive) with the smoothest possible handover,” he continued..

“My successor will have a strong and stable platform from which to lead our sport and to deliver on our bold aspirations for cricket to be Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians,” Sutherland concluded.

“I’m very fortunate to have been the chief executive, that I really, truly believe in, and am inspired by the people around me,” Sutherland said. “So whatever’s been achieved in the way that the game has grown is absolutely a team effort. It is my underlying belief that the most important thing we do as a sports administrator, and that inspires the next generation to love cricket. Boys and girls. It’s all about that.”

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