James Sutherland headed Cricket Australia for 17 years.© Twitter
James Sutherland was on Monday appointed head of Golf Australia, two years after stepping down because the nation’s cricket chief within the wake of a harmful ball-tampering scandal.The 55-year-old will take over from Stephen Pitt from October 1. “I am genuinely excited to have the chance to work in golf, clearly for Golf Australia, however extra importantly for the game across the nation,” stated Sutherland, who headed Cricket Australia for 17 years.Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold stated it was a coup to safe somebody together with his expertise.
“He did a lot in cricket at so many ranges from taking part in to monetary and company to stakeholder relations,” he stated.
“He is aware of what glorious and elite appear to be and I am unable to anticipate him to impart his imaginative and prescient on the broader golf business.”
Sutherland spent 20 years at Cricket Australia the place he was credited with rising participation within the sport, significantly amongst girls.
He was closely concerned with the introduction of the highly-successful Twenty20 Huge Bash League and day-night Check cricket.
However he additionally endured a pay struggle with gamers in his ultimate few years and got here below intense stress in 2018 when Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft tried to change the ball throughout a Check in South Africa.
They have been all despatched residence in shame and banned in one of many largest scandals to engulf the game, which noticed a slew of executives at Cricket Australia go away.
Sutherland insisted the disaster had no bearing on his resolution to stop.