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England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Ian Watmore is to step down with immediate effect – Latest Cricket News

Ian Whatmore has resigned as the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with immediate effect. Whatmore said, citing health reasons, that the role has had a personal impact on him during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the ECB, its current vice president Barry O’Brien will take over as interim chairman until a permanent chairman is appointed.

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Whatmore said in a statement, “I have to say with great regret that I am stepping down as chairman of the ECB.” I am doing this keeping in mind my well being and the sport that I love. I was appointed to this position during the Corona pandemic. The need of the hour during Corona is dramatically different from all our original expectations, which has made a personal impact on me. In view of this the Board and I think the ECB will be better served by a new chairman after the Corona pandemic. My resignation now will give the board time until the end of the season to find a new president to support cricket through the challenges of the 2022 season and beyond.

The former ECB chairman said, ‘I also retired last month in the Civil Services Commission after five years and recently became a grandfather. Now I want to retire completely from work. Whatmore served in the ECB for only one year, while the appointment is for a five-year term. He formally replaced the previous chairman Colin Graves on 1 December 2020.

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