Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland Steps Down After a 17-Year Tenure

| June 6 , 2018 , 12:37 IST

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland had stepped down from his position after a 17-year term with the cricket body.

Announcing his resignation on Wednesday morning, Sutherland said, “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 has given cricket Australia 12 months notice period to find a suitable replacement. His resignation comes two months after the ball-tampering scandal and a week from the ODI team’s series opener against England in London.

" 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,” Sutherland said. 

During his tenure as the Chief Executive, the Australian Men’s Cricket team won three world cup titles and the women’s cricket team won two world cup titles.

Sutherland, a first-class Cricketer and Chartered Accountant joined Cricket Australia as the General Manager in 1998. He replaced Malcolm Speed as the Chief executive in 2001. As a cricketer, he was a right-arm medium fast bowler.

Sutherland was slammed by Indian cricket fans last year when he made a jibe at Virat Kohli. After Kohli accused Smith and the Australian team of cheating, BCCI lodged a complaint. After intervention from both sides, BCCI withdrew the complaint. In an interview with a local radio channel, Sutherland was asked if Kohli would say sorry.

“Look, I am not sure he knows how to spell the word,” Sutherland said. This statement was condemned by cricket fans, journalists all over.