England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier has decided to retire at the end of the season following a decade in the job.
He will stand down at the end of the 2014 season, bringing to an end a largely successful time in the job, during which England won four Ashes series, the ICC World Twenty20 and hit the top of the world rankings in all three formats.
Other onfield achievements included two global titles for the England Women and the development of club and domestic cricket.
"David has overseen the most successful period of development, playing success and growth for cricket in England and Wales and we are extremely grateful to him," ECB chairman Giles Clarke said.
"During his decade as Chief Executive David has produced and delivered three strategic plans which have revolutionised cricket in this country. The three plans – Building Partnerships, Grounds to Play and Champion Counties have provided the blueprint for the success not only of England teams but also the ECB Board, County and recreational structures.
"At the same time he has built significant links with the Government and its agencies to ensure that there has been significant investment opportunities for the Board’s ground-breaking initiatives in recreational cricket resulting in ECB being hailed as the model governing body in sport.
"He has also built strong relationships with all the major sports in this country and overseas – he himself is heavily involved in hockey through the International Hockey Federation – as well as being an Associate Director of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"When we reflect on the past 10 years we will all recognise the huge debt of gratitude which is owed by cricket in England and Wales to David Collier and the management teams he has built and revitalised during that period."
Collier took over from Tim Lamb in 2004 as only the second ECB chief executive. He had previously served on the ECB board and been chief executive at Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
"After 10 years at ECB I believe it is the right time to step aside and retire from the position of Chief Executive as I shall turn 60 in the Spring and I do believe the time is right for a new CEO to open the batting," Collier said.
"I am immensely proud of the achievements and the enormous strides forward which cricket in England and Wales has made during the past decade.
"We now possess venues which are amongst the best in the world, we lead the world in women’s and disabilities cricket, our recreational game is flourishing and we have delivered commercial success providing more revenue than ever before for our 18 first-class counties.
"We have achieved both men’s and women’s victories in ICC Global Events, three consecutive home men’s Ashes Wins, three women’s Ashes wins, an Ashes victory in Australia, victory in India and developed a world leading National Performance Centre at Loughborough.
"Our success in bidding for and winning six ICC Global Events is testimony to our ability to deliver world class events and the staging of the 2009, 2010 and 2013 events set new standards for these tournaments.
"I pay tribute to my management team who have been such a strong and cohesive unit over the past decade which has delivered this success and I thank the two Chairmen during my term in office, David Morgan and Giles Clarke, for the opportunity I have been given to lead cricket in England and Wales for the past decade.
"I wish my successor every success in the future and I shall continue to follow cricket closely albeit from outside the boundary rope."
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