Updated: May 1, 2020 7:26:37 pm
Colin Graves has determined to step down from his place because the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman on August 31 following the postponement of The Hundred match to subsequent yr, the ECB introduced on Friday.
Graves, who was appointed as chairman in May 2015, might be changed by Ian Watmore after being ratified within the AGM on the finish of the month. Graves is anticipated to take over as ICC’s subsequent chairman, changing Shashank Manohar.
Graves, who had agreed for an extension until November this yr to oversee the inaugural season of the 100-ball match, determined to finish his time period early after the cash-rich match was postponed due to the fast-spreading Covid-19 pandemic.
“With the launch of The Hundred unavoidably moved to 2021, I have reviewed last year’s extension of my term as Chair, and put a request to the Board to now finish early, on August 31,” Graves stated in a press release.
“There remains to be a lot to be completed within the coming months as I proceed to lead the ECB throughout this difficult time.
“As we get closer to August I will look forward to saying my farewells and sharing good wishes to all those I have worked alongside.”
The ECB Board on Wednesday unanimously endorsed Watmore’s appointment as Chair Elect following a confidential assessment into allegations of misconduct throughout his 2018 tenure as a non-executive director of the English Football League (EFL). He was accused of jeopardising a broadcast deal.
“It feels important to both the game and the ECB Board, to allow Ian Watmore to commence his role earlier than originally agreed. I have no doubt that his wealth of experience in sport, business and government will be invaluable as we navigate through this crisis,” Graves stated.
“There remains a long road ahead, but I have immense confidence in the excellent leadership of Tom Harrison, our Executive Management Team and the ECB Board as they shape the direction of our response to Covid-19.”
The AGM, which is able to ratify the appointment of Watmore as ECB chairman, was earlier proposed to be held on May 12 but it surely has been pushed to the tip of the month due to the worldwide well being disaster.
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