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Colin Graves to step down as ECB chairman on August 31

Colin Graves has introduced that he would finish his five-year lengthy tenure because the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on August 31.

The verdict comes after the ECB determined to put off the release of inaugral version of The Hundred to the summer time of 2021.

“The ECB Board confirms that ECB Chair Colin Graves has made the verdict to finish his time period on August 31,” the rustic’s cricket governing frame mentioned in an reliable unlock.

Graves, who was once named as ECB chairman in Might 2015, have been an essential component within the advent of the brand new 100-ball English pageant. He had final yr prolonged his tenure on the put up till November 2020 with a view to oversee the inaugral season of The Hunndred, which was once initially because of run from July 22 to August 14.

Alternatively,because the coronavirus pandemic has pressured the suspension {of professional} cricket within the nation till no less than July 1, Graves has determined to finish his time period early.

Reflecting on his choice, Graves mentioned, “With the release 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.”

Ian Watmore is possibly to prevail Graves because the ECB new chairman after a assessment into the cases of his departure from the Soccer League.

“It feels vital to each the sport and the ECB Board, to permit Ian Watmore to begin his function previous than initially agreed. I haven’t any doubt that his wealth of enjoy in recreation, industry and govt can be beneficial as we navigate thru this disaster.I’ve been extraordinarily heartened through how cricket has come in combination in those contemporary, unattainable occasions. There stays a protracted highway forward, however I’ve immense self belief within the superb management of Tom Harrison, our Govt Control Crew and the ECB Board as they form the course of our reaction to COVID-19,” the ECB reliable site quoted Graves as announcing.

On Wednesday, the ECB had unanimously recommended Ian Watmore’s appointment as Chair Elect. His title will now be put to the club for ratification on the subsequent  Annual Basic Assembly (AGM), which is able to happen on the finish of Might.

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