The European Central Bank has chosen Richard Thompson to serve as its chair for the next five years. On September 1, Thompson, who is now the chair of the Surrey CCC, will get started in his new role.
The nominating committee, which was led by an independent director named Brenda Trenowden, decided upon Thompson in a vote of unanimous approval. Martin Darlow, who has been serving as the interim head of the board since April and will remain in that role, will be replaced by him as the board’s deputy chair.
In a statement, Thompson was quoted as saying, “I am very happy to become Chair of the ECB at what is a massively important period for cricket.” [Cricket is] in the midst of a “hugely crucial time.” “Because of cricket, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a wide variety of incredible people from all walks of life. I want to harness their enthusiasm, hard work, and love for the game in order to propel our sport to new levels of success across England and Wales.
“Cricket ought to serve as the most inclusive sport in the country, welcoming people from all walks of life and contributing to the coming together of communities. I shall put in a lot of effort to win back the trust of the communities where we have failed to meet their expectations regarding the game.
“There is much ahead of us, including the Men’s and Women’s Ashes, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October, and the recent victories in our red ball game. In addition, we will host the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026.
“I am excited to make the most of this chance to provide cricket a new beginning by drawing on the experience I’ve gained and the passion I have for the game. We will collaborate with the ECB’s Board of Directors and senior officials to advance the interests of the counties and the recreational game. The success of our sport will depend on our ability to work together and form partnerships.
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