07 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The English Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that its Chairman, Ian Watmore, will step down from the role with immediate effect.

The 63-year-old, who was only in office for just over a year, has reached a mutual agreement with the Board to stand down following the end of the domestic season.

The decision follows a successful summer of domestic and international men’s and women’s cricket, the launch of The Hundred and record numbers playing the game recreationally. 

Ian Watmore commented: "It is with regret that I step down as Chair of the ECB, but I do so in mindfulness of my own wellbeing and that of the game which I love.”

“I was appointed to the post in a pre-pandemic era, but Covid has meant the role and its demands on time are dramatically different to all our original expectations, which has taken a personal toll on me.”

"Given this, the Board and I feel the ECB will be better served by a new Chair to take it forward post pandemic.”

During Ian’s tenure, the ECB has seen the delivery of a full cricket season along with the successful return of crowds, increased diversity on the ECB Board, the launch of the Disability Premier League and, the creation of the Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) to explore matters relating to race, class, and gender in the sport.

Current Deputy Chair, Barry O’Brien, will step-up as interim Chair, having indicated to the Board that he will not be a candidate for the role.