Colin Graves has determined to step down from his place because the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman on August 31 following the postponement of The Hundred event to subsequent yr, the ECB introduced on Friday.
Graves, who was appointed as chairman in Might 2015, might be changed by Ian Watmore after being ratified within the AGM on the finish of the month. Graves is predicted to take over as ICC’s subsequent chairman, changing Shashank Manohar.
Graves, who had agreed for an extension until November this yr to supervise the inaugural season of the 100-ball event, determined to finish his time period early after the cash-rich event was postponed as a result of fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the launch of The Hundred unavoidably moved to 2021, I’ve reviewed final yr’s extension of my time period as Chair, and put a request to the Board to now end early, on August 31,” Graves mentioned in a press release.
“There’s nonetheless a lot to be finished within the coming months as I proceed to guide the ECB throughout this difficult time.
“As we get nearer to August I’ll stay up for saying my farewells and sharing good needs to all these I’ve labored alongside.”
The ECB Board on Wednesday unanimously endorsed Watmore’s appointment as Chair Elect following a confidential overview into allegations of misconduct throughout his 2018 tenure as a non-executive director of the English Soccer League (EFL). He was accused of jeopardising a broadcast deal.
“It feels vital to each the sport and the ECB Board, to permit Ian Watmore to begin his position sooner than initially agreed. I’ve little question that his wealth of expertise in sport, enterprise and authorities might be invaluable as we navigate by means of this disaster,” Graves mentioned.
“There stays an extended street forward, however I’ve immense confidence within the glorious management of Tom Harrison, our Govt Administration Staff and the ECB Board as they form the path of our response to COVID-19.”
The AGM, which can ratify the appointment of Watmore as ECB chairman, was earlier proposed to be held on Might 12 but it surely has been pushed to the top of the month as a result of world well being disaster.