Tom Harrison has stepped down as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, marking another major change in personnel at the top of English football.
Harrison’s decision comes after the recent resignations of the England cricket director, head coach, assistant coach and captain. The ECB is already looking for a new chair following the resignation of Ian Watmore last year (his interim successor, Barry O’Brien, also recently resigned due to ill health) and will now begin the search for a new CEO to help plan its future design .
The ECB’s chief executive for women’s cricket, Clare Connor, was brought in as Harrison’s interim replacement.
Harrison was appointed in 2014 but has come under increasing pressure in recent months. He came under fire for his determination to push through the new Hundred format of cricket, which turned out to be a surprise success, and then for scooping a lucrative bonus pot from the project after the ECB’s workforce was severely cut during the pandemic was . He was also criticized for the ECB’s lackluster response to the Yorkshire racism scandal.
England begin a three-Test series against New Zealand next month with new captain Ben Stokes at the helm. While Stokes was the obvious choice to replace Joe Root, who stepped down after a dismal winning streak, there have been inexperienced appointments above him with former batsman-turned-pundit Rob Key being installed as the new cricket director and the former New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum named as surprise Test team head coach.