Tom Harrison steps down as ECB chief government as English cricket’s interval of upheaval continues, with Clare Connor changing him on an interim foundation – a yr after receiving a £2m bonus when the game was rocked by the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal
- Tom Harrison is leaving his function with the ECB after seven years within the publish
- He’s set to get replaced by Clare Connor on an interim foundation on the ECB
- Harrison’s tenure will likely be finest remembered for introducing The Hundred
English cricket’s interval of upheaval continued with a shock twist on Tuesday morning after it emerged Tom Harrison is stepping down as chief government of the ECB.
Harrison will likely be changed by Clare Connor, the previous England captain and present managing director of girls’s cricket, on an interim foundation.
It comes after Rob Key took over as director of cricket and appointed Ben Stokes as Joe Root‘s alternative as captain of the Take a look at crew. Brendon McCullum has since taken over as coach of that aspect.
Tom Harrison is stepping down as chief government of the ECB after being within the function since 2014 with Clare Connor (proper) coming in to interchange him on an interim foundation
ENGLISH CRICKET INS AND OUTS
OUT: Joe Root
IN: Ben Stokes
DIRECTOR OF CRICKET
OUT: Ashley Giles
IN: Rob Key
OUT: Chris Silverwood
IN: Brendon McCullum
ECB CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OUT: Tom Harrison
IN: Clare Connor (interim foundation)
Harrison has been within the function since 2014 and earlier this yr, vowed to stay in his publish and assist to usher in a brand new period for English cricket.
‘When instances are actually tough you want individuals to step into that problem and I’m right here to try this. I’ve by no means been extra decided to try this. I’m not operating away from the problem,’ stated Harrison, again in February.
‘It has been exceptionally tough however I’m not operating away as a result of it wants management and a few consistency when it comes to how we construct again to a spot the place the sport can get better from a particularly tough interval each on and off the pitch.’
Final August, it emerged Harrison and a handful of ECB colleagues would share a £2m bonus after a yr the place cricket in England was rocked by the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.
Connor, who is available in to interchange Harrison within the short-term, spent 17 years of her enjoying profession with Sussex.
She was an England worldwide for 10 years, from 1995 till 2005, and in 2004 was awarded an MBE for companies to girls’s cricket.
She has since been awarded a CBE, in 2017, for her work as director of girls’s cricket. She took the publish in 2007.
Harrison, in the meantime, has proved a polarising determine on the head of the sport since his appointment in 2014 and his tenure will likely be ceaselessly linked to the controversial launch of The Hundred.
The long-term success, or in any other case, of the eight-team metropolis match has but to be decided however Harrison was one of many architect’s and largest advocates of a change which continues to separate cricket followers.
Harrison’s tenure as ECB chief government will likely be linked to the introduction of The Hundred
Final August, it emerged Harrison shared a £2m bonus in a yr when English cricket was rocked by the racism scandal involving Azeem Rafiq (pictured)
Harrison, who loved a short first-class profession with Derbyshire earlier than shifting extra efficiently into the sphere of selling and media rights, helped ship a broadcast deal price greater than £1billion in 2017.
He additionally oversaw the ECB’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, although a few of the goodwill he earned for his dealing with of that turbulent interval and his personal resolution to take a voluntary pay reduce dissipated when he accepted a big bonus earlier this yr.
He and a gaggle of senior administration shared a pot price round £2.1million primarily based on a long-term incentive plan, drawing criticism as a result of 62 redundancies made by the governing physique on account of Covid-19.