Richard Thompson has been named the chair of the ECB for the following 5 years. Thompson, at present chair at Surrey CCC, will begin in his new publish on September 1, filling a emptiness which had lasted for almost a yr.
Thompson was the unanimous alternative of the nominations committee, headed by impartial director Brenda Trenowden. He will succeed Martin Darlow, who has been the interim chair since April and can proceed as deputy chair of the board.
“I am immensely proud to become Chair of the ECB at what is a hugely important time for cricket,” Thompson mentioned in a press release. “Cricket has given me the chance to meet an incredibly diverse range of amazing people. Their passion, endeavour and love for the game is what I want to harness, to take our game forward, to new heights across England & Wales.
“Cricket ought to be essentially the most inclusive sport within the nation, welcoming folks from all backgrounds, serving to deliver communities collectively. For these communities the place now we have fallen quick, I’ll work tirelessly to revive their belief within the recreation.
“With the Men’s and Women’s Ashes on the horizon, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October and the recent successes in our red ball game, along with hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026 there is much ahead of us.
“I’m wanting ahead to utilizing my expertise and love for the sport in taking this chance to offer cricket a recent begin. Alongside the Board and senior leaders on the ECB, we are going to work with the counties and the leisure recreation. Collaboration and partnership would be the key to our sport’s future.”
Trenowden mentioned: “We are delighted to announce Richard’s arrival to the ECB as chair. His mix of remarkable industrial and cricket administration expertise helps our goals to develop and diversify the sport while guiding the sport as we face difficult monetary headwinds.
“I’d also like to say many thanks, on behalf of the ECB, to Martin Darlow, for his excellent stewardship in recent months. Cricket has faced many challenges in 2022 and Martin has helped steer the ship until Richard’s arrival, and I’m pleased that he’ll continue to provide his invaluable wisdom and insight through his role as Deputy Chair of the Board.”
Steve Elworthy, Surrey’s chief govt, mentioned: “Everyone at Surrey County Cricket Club would like to congratulate Richard on his new role. The sport couldn’t be in better hands.
“Throughout his time at our membership, his ardour for cricket has been clear for all to see. Richard has a powerful imaginative and prescient for the way forward for cricket, one which is able to collect help from throughout the sport and past. Richard has led a interval of extraordinary transformation at Surrey and his contribution as Chair of our membership has been excellent.
“Our Treasurer Martin Eadon will step into the role of Chair from September 1 while we conduct the process of appointing Richard’s successor, but for now the Club would like to record our appreciation to Richard for the incredible impact he has had at Surrey.”