‘Frustrated’ Read resigns ECB post

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has lost its top communicator John Read as it prepares for the media storm that awaits its proposed tour of political hotbed Zimbabwe later this year.

Read’s decision to leave the ECB as director of comms follows the recent resignations of CEO Tim Lamb, commercial director Mark Sibley and board member Des Wilson.

While the media holds the ECB executive accountable for the running of the sport, Read complained that it lacks the power to make the changes that are needed.

He labelled the ECB an ‘historic relic of where it’s come from’, adding it needed to take a more business-oriented approach.

‘I found it frustrating at times,’ said Read, who joined the ECB in 2000. ‘There is friction between the professional and amateur side of the game. The ECB’s corporate governance needs to be modernised and streamlined.’

He said central management should include independent figures that come without ‘cricket baggage’.

Read will initially work as a freelance on a three-month corporate comms project for an international sporting organisation. His replacement will not be named until a new CEO is in place in September.

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