James Sutherland has resigned from Cricket Australia (CA)

James Sutherland
James Sutherland

James Sutherland is to stand down as the chief executive of Cricket Australia (CA), it has been revealed.

The 52-year-old has served in the role since 2001 and said it had been a "privilege and honour" to have held the position after joining as general manager in 1998.

Sutherland, a former first-class cricketer with Victoria, has given CA 12 months' notice of his decision, which comes two months after Darren Lehmann left as national coach in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal.

Sutherland said: "After nearly 20 years at Cricket Australia, the time is right. I feel very comfortable that this is the right time for me and a good time for the game."

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will join the team's coaching staff for their one-day international tour of England.

Ponting will assist former team-mate and new Australia head coach Justin Langer for the five-match series which starts on June 13.

Langer said: "Ricky is one of the greats of the game, and since he was already in England doing some commentary we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series.

"Ricky's knowledge of the game is second-to-none, and we know that his experiences, tactical expertise and leadership will be invaluable for this group as we start to build a team capable of winning a World Cup in these conditions in a year's time."

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