England news – Richard Thompson appointed ECB chair for next five years

Richard Thompson has been named the chair of the ECB for the next five years. Thompson, currently chair at Surrey CCC, will start in his new post on September 1.

Thompson was the unanimous choice of the nominations committee, headed by independent director Brenda Trenowden. He will succeed Martin Darlow, who has been the interim chair since April and will continue as deputy chair of the board.

“I am immensely proud to become Chair of the ECB at what is a hugely important time for cricket,” Thompson said in a statement. “Cricket has given me the chance to meet an incredibly diverse range of amazing people. Their passion, endeavour and love for the game is what I want to harness, to take our game forward, to new heights across England & Wales.

“Cricket should be the most inclusive sport in the country, welcoming people from all backgrounds, helping bring communities together. For those communities where we have fallen short, I will work tirelessly to restore their trust in the game.

“With the Men’s and Women’s Ashes on the horizon, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October and the recent successes in our red ball game, along with hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026 there is much ahead of us.

“I am looking forward to using my experience and love for the game in taking this opportunity to give cricket a fresh start. Alongside the Board and senior leaders at the ECB, we will work with the counties and the recreational game. Collaboration and partnership will be the key to our sport’s future.”

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