CANBERRA: Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland on Wednesday advised the Chairman and Board of Cricket Australia of his intention to stand down from his position.
Sutherland, who began at Cricket Australia in 1998, has been CEO since 2001. He has provided 12 months' notice and will continue in his current position until a suitable replacement is found. The period allows for a transition to complete a comprehensive handover with the successful candidate.
Speaking on his decision, Sutherland said, "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.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."
The Chairman of Cricket Australia, David Peever, applauded Sutherland for what has been achieved during his tenure and the outstanding contribution he has made to the sport.
"During his period of leadership, James has retained a strong passion for junior cricket. To that end, cricket has experienced a 228% increase in participation including a near ten-fold increase in female participation."
Sutherland was heavily involved with the introduction of the highly successful Big Bash League, Women's Big Bash League and of course Day-Night Test Cricket, David Peever said, adding that in his tenure Australia has secured three men's and two women's World Cups, as well as three Women's World T20 titles, he added.