Surrey chairman Richard Thompson set to be handed the hot seat at the ECB

Richard Thompson is ready to be named the ECB’s new chair – with the Surrey chief’s imminent appointment ending their year-long search after Ian Watmore’s exit

  • Richard Thompson is predicted to be introduced the brand new chairman of the ECB 
  • ECB’s seek for a brand new chair has been ongoing since Ian Watmore’s departure
  • Thompson has served as chairman of Surrey CCC since 2011
  • The administrator performed a pivotal position in Surrey’s successes within the final decade 

The ECB’s lengthy seek for a brand new chair is ready to finish with them naming the extremely skilled Richard Thompson.

Thompson, 54, has been among the best and most ahead pondering directors within the English sport in masterminding, together with former chief govt Richard Gould, the rise and rise of Surrey to grow to be the largest and most profitable county in English cricket.

And he determined earlier this summer time the time was proper for him to try to swap the position of chairman on the Oval for the ECB after an extended and botched recruitment course of following the resignation final October of Ian Watmore in mild of England’s refusal to tour Pakistan.

The word is Thompson plans to be radical as ECB chair, at a pivotal time in the game's history

The phrase is Thompson plans to be radical as ECB chair, at a pivotal time within the sport’s historical past

Ian Watmore resigned last year after just over 12 months in the role

Richard Thompson has been the key figure behind the on and off pitch success of the Surrey juggernaut

Richard Thompson (R) is ready to be introduced as ECB chair after an extended seek for a alternative for Ian Watmore (L)

Now, following 4 interviews, the ECB nominations committee are set to announce subsequent week the appointment of the confirmed enterprise experience of Thompson, group chair of the M&C Saatchi leisure group, forward of interim chair Martin Darlow.

Thompson may have an enormous job on his arms in taking up at a time of unprecedented turmoil and division over the long run route of the home sport.

But he was the overwhelming selection of the counties who imagine he can bridge the rising divide amongst those that want to protect the present system and shield first-class cricket and those that have gambled the sport’s future on the Hundred.

As Surrey chair Thompson opposed the controversial The Hundred competition

As Surrey chair Thompson opposed the controversial The Hundred competitors 

Thompson was one of many few main figures in English cricket to oppose the introduction of the controversial new competitors earlier than Surrey relented and got here on board within the type of the Oval Invincibles. Now he’s believed to just accept he’ll simply should make the Hundred work after it was confirmed for the subsequent three years within the ECB’s new broadcasting deal

Thompson will even be a part of Andrew Strauss in finishing his excessive efficiency evaluation into the English sport which guarantees radical change however has trigger appreciable trepidation amongst cricket lovers and even England captain Ben Stokes.

The position of chair is supposed to be a three-day per week job however it will be no shock if Thompson, whose curiosity within the place was revealed by Sportsmail in May, provides up his different pursuits to take it on full-time.

He might additionally attempt to rekindle his profitable partnership with Gould in trying to lure him away from his new position at Bristol City to grow to be ECB CEO rather than Tom Harrison.