James Sutherland: Cricket Australia chief executive quits Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has announced that he will step down.Mr Sutherland said the "time is right" for him to depart his position, which he has held for 17 years.He denied that his resignation had been hastened by a ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australia and prompted the suspensions of three players, including former captain Steve Smith.Mr Sutherland will stay on for up to 12 months until his replacement is found."It's something that I've been thinking about for a long time," he told reporters on Wednesday. "We've had some big, big things to deal with over the course of the last 12 months."Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft are serving suspensions after admitting to tampering with a ball at a Test match in South Africa in March.Coach Darren Lehmann, who was cleared of any wrongdoing, later resigned from his post.Mr Sutherland, a former accountant, first joined Cricket Australia in 1998.
James Sutherland denies that his decision is related to the nation's ball-tampering scandal.
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