The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has confirmed that they have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Secretary and Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw.
He has held his position with the MCC since 2006 having become the first Australian to occupy the Chief Executive position but he is now set to move back to Australia following the death of his mother.
"It is with considerable regret that the MCC Committee has accepted the resignation of Keith Bradshaw," MCC President Christopher Martin-Jenkins said.
"From his first day as Secretary & Chief Executive, Keith has been a breath of fresh air at Lord’s and he has made an outstanding contribution towards the high standing and role of the Club both domestically and internationally. His open and positive attitude has been infectious to all those around him and he can be very proud of his numerous achievements at MCC. During his time here, Lord’s has come to be seen not just as the home of cricket but as a welcoming place to all who love the game.
"We are very sorry that changing family circumstances have led him to decide he must return to Australia but the Committee completely understands and respects Keith’s reasons. I shall shortly be writing to all Members of the Club with further details but suffice it to say he will be much missed by all of us at MCC and we wish him well for a successful future back in Australia."
Bradshaw added: "Following the recent loss of my mother, I am returning to Australia for family reasons. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club working with the Committee, Members, staff and the many cricket bodies around the world. My five years at Lord’s have been very special and I will leave with many treasured memories; it has been a great honour and privilege to serve the Club.
"I have no doubt that MCC will continue to go from strength to strength as an innovative, independent voice in world cricket, which guards the Laws and Spirit of Cricket with great knowledge and passion. I will be proud to wear the Club tie down under and I look forward to returning to Lord’s – the best ground in the world – in the years to come."
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