James Sutherland Announces Resignation As Cricket Australia CEO

Vacating the position.

James Sutherland Announces Resignation As Cricket Australia CEO Image: AAP

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has announced he will resign, giving 12 months' notice.

He confirmed the news at a press conference on Wednesday morning, saying he will stay in the role for an extra year to find a successor.

"After nearly 20 years at Cricket Australia, the time is right. I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game," he said in a press release. 

"In the last 12 months we have laid key foundation stones which have included a new strategy for Australian cricket, a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Cricketers' Association that provides certainty for our male and female cricketers, and just recently, a new domestic broadcast rights deals that will see broader TV coverage and significant increases in revenue flowing into the game. 

"With these foundations in place, I feel that it is a good time to hand over the reins to a new CEO. My successor will have a strong and stable platform from which to lead our national strategy and to deliver on our bold aspirations to grow cricket as Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians. 

"As it has been over the last 20 years, it will be a privilege and honour to continue to serve the game over the remaining months that I am in office."

Sutherland has held the position of chief executive since 2001, after joining Cricket Australia's board as a general manager in 1998.​