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Collier to step down as ECB chief executive

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is seeking a new chief executive after David Collier announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 season following a decade in the role.

Collier succeeded Tim Lamb in October 2004 and is only the second chief executive in the ECB’s 17-year history. He has served on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Chief Executive’s Committee since 2004 and has been a member of several influential working groups covering issues such as technology, anti-corruption and the Future Tours Programme.

He was part of the management group that brought significant amounts of new money into the English game, though the decision to sell live television rights for England international cricket to pay-television broadcaster BSkyB remains a contentious one.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: “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. 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.”

Collier added: “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. 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.”