Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has given notice of his intention to step down.
Sutherland appeared at a press conference this morning saying it was time to move on and that he had given 12 months notice.
Sutherland, a former first-class cricketer with Victoria, was appointed in 2001 as Malcolm Speed’s successor at the then Australian Cricket Board. His decision comes two months after national coach Darren Lehmann resigned following the cheating scandal. The first question of Sutherland at the press conference was about the recent ball tampering scandal.
James Sutherland has had some major achievements, especially BBL and Day Night Tests.
Unfortunately two bus crashes in past 12 months with pay dispute and ball tampering, but on balance has done a good job.
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) June 6, 2018
“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 is inspire the next generation to love cricket. Boys and girls. It’s all about that.”
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Peever paid tribute to Sutherland’s long reign in the role. “James has done an incredible job and has always carried himself with integrity, humility and dignity, apart from knowing the game of cricket inside out,” he said. “He is, without doubt, the best sporting administrator in Australia and the best in world cricket.
“This was completely James’ decision … the ball tampering situation has created upheaval but it has helped us understand the passion Australia has for cricket and we must tap into and respect that passion,” he added.