The top official in English cricket stopped on Thursday, saying the decision was made for his well-being because the demands for the job during the coronavirus pandemic have “taken a personal toll on me.”
Ian Watmore has resigned as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board after serving just under a year in a role where he was appointed to work two days a week.
However, it turned out to be a turbulent period for the ECB, mainly due to the effects of the pandemic, which has hit the sport’s economy hard and led to major structural and logistical changes in the game.
The announcement of Watmore’s departure, whose previous job included being chief executive of the English Football Association, came a day before England were to announce whether its players would travel to Australia for the Ashes series scheduled for December and January, amid concerns about pandemics -related restrictions in place Down Under.
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Less than three weeks ago, the ECB withdrew its men’s and women’s teams from a short tour of Pakistan scheduled for this month, a unilateral decision not based on security reasons, although the governing body referred to increased travel concerns. to the region. It has created a schism in world cricket, with Pakistan angry that its willingness to tour in the “Western Bloc” will not be reciprocated.
Watmore has not commented publicly since the decision to withdraw from the Pakistan tours was made.
The ECB said Watmore immediately left its position in a mutually agreed-upon move taken after the end of the domestic season, which included the opening season of a controversial new competition, The Hundred.
“It is with regret that I resign as President of the ECB, but I do so in awareness of my own well – being and the game I love,” Watmore said. “I was appointed to the position in a pre-pandemic era, but COVID has meant that the role and its demands on time are dramatically different from all our original expectations, which has eroded me personally.
“Given this, the Board and I feel that the ECB will be better served by a new President to take it further after the pandemic.”
Watmore had signed a five-year contract with the ECB.
ECB Vice-President Barry O’Brien will temporarily replace Watmore while a successor is found.
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