ECB for the next five years is Richard Thompson

The long-standing vacancy is filled by the departing Surrey chair

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The ECB will be led by Richard Thompson for the next five years. On September 1, Thompson, who is presently the chair of Surrey CCC, will begin serving in his new role, filling a gap that has been for close to a year.

The nominations committee, which was led by independent director Brenda Trenowden, unanimously selected Thompson. Martin Darlow, who has served as the board’s deputy chair since April and is now the interim chair, will be replaced by him.

Since Ian Watmore resigned in October 2021 as a result of the ECB’s hasty decision to cancel a planned tour to Pakistan, the job has been vacant.

“I am immensely thrilled to become Chair of the ECB at what is a highly vital era for cricket,” Thompson said in a statement. ” Because of cricket, I’ve had the chance to meet a pretty astounding diversity of people. I want to take advantage of their passion, work, and love for the game to raise the bar for our game in England and Wales.

Cricket should be the most inclusive sport in the country, welcoming participants from all backgrounds and promoting intercommunity harmony. I will make every effort to regain the communities’ trust in which we have fallen short.

With the Men’s and Women’s Ashes, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October, the recent triumphs in our red ball game, and hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

“I am excited to embrace this opportunity to use my expertise and love of cricket to offer the game a new beginning. Along with the Board and senior ECB officials, we will work with the counties and the entertainment industry. Our sport’s future depends on collaboration and alliance.

“We are pleased to welcome Richard’s coming to the ECB as chair,” stated Trenowden. His tremendous business and cricket administration expertise complements our efforts to expand and grow the game while steering it through difficult financial times.

“Martin Darlow deserves a big thank you from the ECB for his superb management over the past several months, too. Martin has assisted in steering the ship until Richard’s arrival as Cricket has faced numerous problems in 2022, and I’m happy that he’ll continue to do so in his capacity as Deputy Chair of the Board.

Steve Elworthy, Surrey’s CEO, expressed: “Everybody at Surrey County Cricket Club might want to praise Richard on his new job. The game couldn’t be in better hands.

“Over the course of his time at our club, his enthusiasm for cricket has been clear so anyone might be able to see. Richard has areas of strength for a for the eventual fate of cricket, one which will assemble support from across the game and then some. Richard has driven a time of phenomenal change at Surrey and his commitment as Chair of our club has been exceptional.

“Our Treasurer Martin Eadon will step into the job of Chair from September 1 while we direct the most common way of naming Richard’s replacement, however for the present the Club might want to record our appreciation to Richard for the amazing effect he has had at Surrey.”