Tom Harrison Steps Down As CEO: Despite serving as CEO of the ECB for seven and a half years, Tom Harrison has decided to step down from his position next month. After Andrew Harrison’s current position contract expires in June, Clare Connor, who is also the president of the MCC and also the managing director of women’s cricket, is expected to step in as an interim successor. It is anticipated that Connor will fill in for Harrison in the role of interim employee. In 2014, Harrison was assigned to take over as CEO of the ECB.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has made many key choices in recent weeks, such as the selection of ace all-rounder Ben Stokes as England’s next Test skipper and veteran New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum as Test coach. It has recently been revealed that one of the cricket board’s senior executives has opted to resign.
I am not running away: Tom Harrison
“When times are really difficult you need people to step into that challenge and I am here to do that. I have never been more determined to do that. I am not running away from the challenge,” said Harrison.
“It has been exceptionally difficult but I am not running away because it needs leadership and some consistency in terms of how we build back to a place where the game can recover from an extremely difficult period both on and off the pitch,” he added.
Harrison is well recognized for developing the famed English limited-overs tournament The Hundred, which was an absolute success following its debut the year before. His retirement came as England Cricket seeks an appropriate person for the job of white-ball coach, with renowned English all-rounder Paul Collingwood as well as Aussie women’s cricket team head coach Matthew Mott the top contenders.
“Tom has been an outstanding CEO and deserves our sincere thanks for all he has achieved in his time at the ECB. Through the Inspiring Generations strategy, he has set the game on a path to growth and to being played and watched by more people from all backgrounds, underpinned by record investment in cricket”, said the ECB interim chair, Martin Darlow.
The ECB has also fired a few high-ranking officials, along with the director of cricket, head coach, assistant coach, and skipper. Aside from just that, they have yet to find a long-term successor for its Chairman, Ian Watmore.