Ian Watmore: Chairman leaves England and Wales Cricket Board

Ian Watmore (left) presents Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes, CEO Stuart Cain and chairman Will McCafferty with the County Championship trophy final month

Chairman Ian Watmore has left the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The 63-year-old, who took over from Colin Graves in September 2020, departs after serving solely 13 months of a five-year time period.

Watmore is a former chief government of the Soccer Affiliation and senior civil servant.

His departure comes because the ECB prepares to satisfy to decide on whether or not or not England males’s Ashes tour of Australia this winter will go forward.

The board will meet within the coming days to resolve on the tour, which has been underneath risk due to the circumstances by which it will likely be held on account of coronavirus.

On Monday the ECB mentioned it should “resolve whether or not the circumstances are enough for the tour to go forward and allow the number of a squad befitting a collection of this significance”.

Since then, optimistic talks have been held between England gamers and Cricket Australia to maneuver the tour a step nearer to being confirmed.

Watmore depart quickly after the England males’s and girls’s groups withdrew from limited-overs collection in Pakistan scheduled for this month.

The ECB mentioned there have been “rising considerations about travelling to the area” and that going forward with the tour would will “add additional strain to a enjoying group who’ve already coped with a protracted interval of working in restricted Covid environments”.

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