Monday 26 August 2013 

Hugh Morris To Leave ECB Position

Hugh Morris is to stand down as Managing Director of England Cricket and become Glamorgan's Chief Executive
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The England & Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that Hugh Morris will stand down as Managing Director of England Cricket to take up a position with Glamorgan.

He was appointed to the newly-created role in September 2007 but had worked for the ECB since 1997, when he retired from playing with Glamorgan.

Prior to assuming the role of Managing Director, he had served as ECB Performance Director and acting ECB Chief Executive.

During his time working for the ECB, he has overseen one of the most successful periods in England's history.

The men have at various times topped all three rankings tables, won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010, reached the final of the Champions Trophy earlier this year and have won three consecutive Ashes series.

The Women won the ICC Women's World Cup and Women's World Twenty20 in 2009 and also reached the final of the Women's World Twenty20 in 2012.

"This has been a remarkable period in the history of cricket in England and Wales and I have been extremely proud to having been able to play a part in it," Morris said.

"In my time at the ECB I have been fortunate to work with some extremely dedicated and talented cricketing people and I thank them and the Board all for the support they have given me and their contribution to the success of the England teams.

"It has been my privilege to work with Andy Flower, the England Team Director, during the last four years and congratulate the players on their three Ashes series successes, being the number one ranked team in the world in all three formats of the game, and also winning one ICC Global event and being runners-up in another. I am sure they will go on to even greater achievements in the future.

"Under Clare Connor and Charlotte Edwards, the England women have also won the ICC Women’s World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 – successes which have brought great credit to ECB and I thank them for their dedication and commitment.

"I am now looking forward to a new and exciting challenge with Glamorgan which I will tackle with energy, enthusiasm and relish. I wish the England teams at all levels and the ECB the very best of luck in the coming years and I am sure they will enjoy further success."

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive added: "Hugh has been an influential figure within the ECB since its inception in 1997 and his vision has helped deliver this outstandingly successful period in our cricketing history.

"He will be sadly missed at Lord’s by all the ECB staff and at Loughborough where he provided the blueprint for the widely admired National Cricket Performance Centre. We all wish him well on this latest phase of his career with Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

"We will now begin a recruitment process for a replacement and I am confident that we will attract the calibre of person who can continue and build on England’s successes at all levels."

Morris moves back to Glamorgan, where he played for the entirety of his cricket career between 1981 and 1997, earning three Test caps in 1991, to assume the position of Chief Executive.

He succeeds Alan Hamer, whose resignation to pursue other interests was announced by Glamorgan yesterday.

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