CA chief James Sutherland quits, to serve 12-month notice

Sutherland feels it's the right time to hand over reins to a new CEO.

James Sutherland announces his resignation at the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

James Sutherland, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Australia, has resigned from his position after a 17-year tenure. The 52-year-old announced his decision in Melbourne on Wednesday.

His resignation — a week before the national’s team ODI series against England and more than two months after the ball-tampering scandal involving Australian cricketers David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft — has raised eyebrows at the work culture inside CA.

Sutherland will be serving a 12-month notice period. He will continue in his current designation till a replacement is found.

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“After nearly 20 years at Cricket Australia, the time is right. I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game," Sutherland said in a press release.

“In the last 12 months we have laid key foundation stones which have included a new strategy for Australian cricket, a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Cricketers' Association that provides certainty for our male and female cricketers, and just recently, a new domestic broadcast rights deals that will see broader TV coverage and significant increases in revenue flowing into the game.

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"With these foundations in place, I feel that it is a good time to hand over the reins to a new CEO. My successor will have a strong and stable platform from which to lead our national strategy and to deliver on our bold aspirations to grow cricket as Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians.

"As it has been over the last 20 years, it will be a privilege and honour to continue to serve the game over the remaining months that I am in office."