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» About : Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has resigned after 17 years in the role.Sutherland has given 12-months notice, allowing Cricket Australia time to find a replacement.The resignation comes three months after Australian cricket was rocked by a ball-tampering scandal involving the national men's team's captain and vice-captain. Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has resigned'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,' Sutherland said. At a press conference on Wednesday Sutherland was asked whether the cheating saga influenced his decision to resign. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Two Australian batsmen were 'paid to fix a match against... BREAKING NEWS: Justin Langer named as Australian cricket... Share this article Share 'It [the ball tampering scandal] hasn't had a bearing on my decision,' Sutherland replied.'It just feels like a good time to hand over the reins to a successor.' The resignation comes three months after Australian cricket was rocked by a ball-tampering scandal involving the national men's team's captain and vice-captain (pictured is former captain Steve Smith fronting the media during the scandal)CA Chairman David Peever thanked Sutherland for the lengthy notice period, and for his 'wonderful service to the game'.'The board is committed to finding the best person for what is a very big job,' he said.'James has been generous in giving us a 12 months notice period ... in the meantime, James will continue to have the full support of the board.'Sutherland, a former first-class cricketer for Victoria, was appointed chief executive at the then Australian Cricket Board in 2001.He took over as Malcolm Speed's successor after working as financial manager for the Carlton Football Club.More to come