Tom Harrison, CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board, is set to step down with Clare Connor, the former England captain and current chief executive of women’s cricket and chair of the MCC, lined up as an interim replacement as a whirlwind. months of change at the top of English cricket continue.
Already this year, the England men’s team has sacked or replaced its director of cricket, head coach, assistant coach and captain, while the ECB has yet to find a permanent replacement for its chairman, Ian Watmore, who resigned last October after just over a year in the position. Watmore’s interim replacement Barry O’Brien himself stepped down last month due to ill health.
“When times are really tough, you need people to rise to that challenge and I’m here to do that. I’ve never been more determined to do that. I’m not running away from the challenge,” Harrison said in February. “It’s been exceptionally difficult but I’m not running away because it takes leadership and some consistency in how we rebuild to a place where the game can recover from an extremely difficult time both on and off. off the field.”
Harrison has been an often controversial figure since his appointment in 2014, most notably through the introduction of the Hundred, a new limited contest that was first played in 2021. Apparently due to the commercial success of that contest, he and a group senior executives are in line to share a £2.1million bonus pot, despite the organization’s workforce being cut by 20% during the pandemic, while last November his performance before a select committee from digital, culture, media and sport investigating the game’s response to Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism in Yorkshire were concerning enough that county leaders were discussing a call for his removal.