Cricket: James Sutherland Announces Resignation as CA Chief Executive, Giving 12-Months’ Notice

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has announced his resignation, giving 12-months’ notice for the organisation to find a successor.

Sutherland confirmed his departure at a press conference in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, only two months after national coach Darren Lehmann stepped down following the Australian team’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Furthermore, a week ago, head of integrity Iain Roy, who led the investigation to the scandal, was terminated.

“After nearly 20 years at Cricket Australia and 17 years as chief executive the time is right for me and my family,” said Sutherland. “It’s my intention to give the board the opportunity to run a thorough process to identify my successor and for me to provide support to the new [chief executive] with the smoothest possible handover.”

In 1998 Sutherland join CA (then known as the Australian Cricket Board) as general manager, and in 2001 he was appointed as chief executive.

CA chairman David Peever thanked Sutherland for his services. “He is without doubt the best sporting administrator in Australia and the best in world cricket,” said Peever. “The game has never been in a stronger position, and now the board will embark on a process to fill some very big shoes.”

Peever said he will stay on the organisation for another term.