Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland resigns after 17 years

Sutherland did his job since 2001 for the board.

James Sutherland (ABC)

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has resigned from his post on Wednesday, June 6th, having made the announcement at a press conference. The impending development has finally taken place, as Cricket Australia looks to completely revamp its house after the Ball-Tampering incident that took place 2 months back in South Africa.  Sutherland finds himself as one from the old ways of the national cricket team. 

Cricket Australia recently announced a cultural review, after they found out three players who were involved in the incident and subsequently banned Steve Smith(Captain), David Warner(Vice-Captain) and Cameron Bancroft for 12 and 9 months respectively from any international cricket and domestic first-class cricket. The head coach at the time, Darren Lemann too resigned from his position. Justin Langer has since, taken Lehmann's position and Tim Paine has been appointed the interim captain as well. 

Sutherland, who has played first-class cricket for Victoria, was appointed the Chief Executive in 2001 replacing Malcolm Speed. During his tenure, the game in Australia achieved greater heights and the player participation at all levels across both genders has been immense too. Sutherland championed the ideas of both Big Bash League and its Women's version, as well as playing Day/Night Test Cricket at home. 

Announcing it, James Sutherland was heard saying at the press conference, "I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game, It is something that I have been thinking about for a long time. We have had some big, big things to deal with over the course of the last 12 months."

By Kashish Chadha - 06 Jun, 2018

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