#sports activities Surrey chief Richard Thompson named as the brand new England and Wales Cricket board chairman
Surrey chief Richard Thompson named as the brand new England and Wales Cricket board chairman and pledges to revive belief within the sport following racism scandals
- Richard Thompson has been introduced the brand new chairman of the ECB
- The 55-year-old has served as chairman of Surrey CCC since 2011
- ECB’s seek for a brand new chair has been ongoing since Ian Watmore’s departure
Surrey chief Richard Thompson has been named as the brand new England and Wales Cricket board chairman.
The 55-year-old will go away his chairmanship at Surrey to affix the ECB on September 1, ending the organisation’s 11-month wait to fill the put up on a everlasting foundation.
Former FA chief Ian Watmore stood down from the function in October 2021, whereas Martin Darlow has been interim chair since April.
Richard Thompson has been named as the brand new England and Wales Cricket board chairman
Thompson instantly pledged to revive belief within the ECB within the wake of the racism scandals which have engulfed the game within the final 12 months.
‘I’m immensely proud to turn out to be chair of the ECB at what’s a massively essential time for cricket,’ stated Thompson.
‘Cricket has given me the prospect to satisfy an extremely numerous vary of fantastic folks. Their ardour, endeavour and love for the sport is what I wish to harness, to take our sport ahead, to new heights throughout England and Wales.
‘Cricket needs to be essentially the most inclusive sport within the nation, welcoming folks from all backgrounds, serving to convey communities collectively. For these communities the place now we have fallen quick, I’ll work tirelessly to revive their belief within the sport.
Thompson (proper) has been introduced as ECB chair after an extended seek for a substitute for Ian Watmore (left)
‘With the boys’s and ladies’s Ashes on the horizon, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October and the current successes in our purple ball sport, together with internet hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026 there may be a lot forward of us.
‘I’m trying ahead to utilizing my expertise and love for the sport in taking this chance to offer cricket a contemporary begin.
‘Alongside the board and senior leaders on the ECB, we’ll work with the counties and the leisure sport. Collaboration and partnership would be the key to our sport’s future.’
Thompson has been chairman at Surrey for 11 years, taking part in an instrumental function in making them essentially the most worthwhile of England’s counties.
Away from cricket, he’s the founder and chair of M&C Saatchi Merlin and chair of the M&C Saatchi UK Group.
Azeem Rafiq revealed the racism he confronted at Yorkshire throughout his taking part in days final 12 months
Independent director Brenda Trenowden chaired the choice course of, with the nominations committee recommending Thompson’s candidacy unanimously.
‘We are delighted to announce Richard’s arrival to the ECB as chair,’ stated Trenowden.
‘His mix of outstanding 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 additionally prefer to say many thanks, on behalf of the ECB, to Martin Darlow, for his glorious stewardship in current months.
‘Cricket has confronted many challenges in 2022 and Martin has helped steer the ship till Richard’s arrival, and I’m happy that he’ll proceed to offer his invaluable knowledge and perception by way of his function as deputy chair of the board.’