Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland resigns

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Cricket Australia said in the statement that Sutherland provided 12 months' notice and will continue in the position until a replacement is found.

The 52-year-old, who took up the role in 2001, resigns amid reviews into the cricket board and the national men's team triggered by the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

After 17 years at the helm, Sutherland announced his departure on Wednesday morning with the news coming two months after national coach Darren Lehmann resigned following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Mr Sutherland, a former accountant and first-class player, joined Cricket Australia in 1998.

"My overwhelming feeling today is a sense of gratitude", Sutherland said.

The Chairman of Cricket Australia, David Peever, applauded Sutherland for his tenure.

"With these foundations in place, I feel that it is a good time to hand over the reins to a new CEO".

Sutherland, who also oversaw a bitter dispute with the players over a new pay deal a year ago, said the ball-tampering affair had not "had a bearing" on his decision.

Sutherland also presided over a contentious period in the past year while Cricket Australia negotiated a new pay deal with the players' union.

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There has also been much change off the field with the signing of a new TV broadcast deal with Channel Seven and Fox, which ended the game's long association with Channel Nine.

"As it has been over the last 20 years".

"Two months down and counting", he said of his ban. Peever also confirmed that the outgoing CEO would stay on for another term.

"It certainly was a big issue at the time", Sutherland said of the scandal at a news conference. The game has never been in a stronger position, and now the board will embark on a process to fill some very big shoes.

"This was completely James' decision ..."

The first, conducted by non-profit organisation The Ethics Centre, will examine Cricket Australia's cultural, governance and organisational factors. "We must tap into and respect that passion", he noted.

Sutherland's resignation comes a week before Australia's one-day global series opener against England in London. They won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007, Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2010 in addition to winning several other series.

Sutherland, who delegated negotiations to a deputy in Kevin Roberts, was roundly criticised for being absent from the talks until the wrangling threatened to scupper a tour to India.

The pay agreement in 2017 descended into a messy dispute that saw cricketers threatening to boycott matches. Last month, he took the role of the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

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