Richard Thompson announced as new Chair of ECB

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The England and Wales Cricket Board named Richard Thompson as the new Chair of ECB on Saturday (August 6). Thompson, who is currently the Chair of Surrey County Cricket Club, will move from his existing position and take up his new five-year role on September 1.

Thompson has plenty of experience from his career across sport and business and it will most likely help him in his new endeavour.

Thompson’s selection happened after a rigorous procedure, chaired by Independent Director Brenda Trenowden CBE following which the Nominations Committee unanimously recommended Thompson’s name to ECB.

He will succeed Martin Darlow, who has been shouldering the responsibility as the Interim Chair since April this year. During Thompson’s regime as the Chair of Surrey, the club launched the ACE Programme in 2020. The programme is designed to bring the new generation of children and youngsters from Black communities in the sport and talent pathway.

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Thompson expressed his intent to take the board and the sport to new heights during his tenure.

“I am immensely proud to become Chair of the ECB at what is a hugely important time for cricket.

Cricket has given me the chance to meet an incredibly diverse range of amazing people. Their passion, endeavour and love for the game is what I want to harness, to take our game forward, to new heights across England & Wales.”

“Cricket should be the most inclusive sport in the country, welcoming people from all backgrounds, helping bring communities together. For those communities where we have fallen short, I will work tirelessly to restore their trust in the game.

With the Men’s & Women’s Ashes on the horizon, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October and the recent successes in our red ball game, along with hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2026 there is much ahead of us.

I am looking forward to using my experience and love for the game in taking this opportunity to give cricket a fresh start. Alongside the Board and senior leaders at the ECB, we will work with the counties and the recreational game. Collaboration and partnership will be the key to our sport’s future.”