Hugh Morris steps down as ECB managing director

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Morris will become Glamorgan’s chief executive and director of cricket

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Hugh Morris has announced his resignation after accepting to become Glamorgan’s chief executive and director of cricket.

Morris joined the ECB in 1997 after ending his domestic career with Glamorgan and was initially given the role of technical director.

He also served as the board’s performance director and acting chief executive in 2004.

“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 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.”

ECB chief executive David Collier stated that Morris would be missed and wished him the best of luck in his future role as director of cricket at Glamorgan.

“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,” Collier said. “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.”

Morris was one of the greatest batsmen Glamorgan ever produced as he scored 19,785 first-class runs, which included 53 centuries and an outstanding average of 40.29.

“I am now looking forward to a new and exciting challenge with Glamorgan which I will tackle with energy, enthusiasm and relish,” Morris said. “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.”

Glamorgan chairman Barry O’Brien was thrilled to have Morris on board and said: “We are delighted to have been able to appoint a person with the calibre of Hugh Morris who has achieved so much as managing director of England Cricket. He was also one of our most reliable and prolific batsman scoring almost 20,000 first-class runs at an average of more than 40, but in addition to being a very fine player he has demonstrated in his many roles at the ECB that he is also an administrator of the highest ability.”

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