Hugh Morris has today announced his intention to stand down as Managing Director - England Cricket and will shortly take up the role as Chief Executive and Director of Cricket at Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
Morris, 49, joined the England and Wales Cricket Board in November 1997 at the end of his playing career with Glamorgan. He was initially ECB Technical Director and has subsequently served as Managing Director - England Cricket since September 2007. He has also served as ECB Performance Director and as well as acting ECB Chief Executive in 2004.
During his time with ECB he has not only been responsible for overseeing the most successful period of the England team in the modern era but also in revamping the ECB coaching and science and medicine programmes.
In 2003 Morris was responsible for the delivery of the ECB National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough. He said: ‘This has been a remarkable period in the history of cricket in England and Wales and I have been extremely proud to have been able to play a part in it.
‘In my time at the ECB I have been fortunate to work with some extremely dedicated and talented cricketing people and I thank them and the Board all for the support they have given me and their contribution to the success of the England teams.
‘It has been my privilege to work with Andy Flower, the England Team Director, during the last four years and congratulate the players on their three Ashes series successes, being the number one ranked team in the world in all three formats of the game, and also winning one ICC Global event and being runners-up in another. I am sure they will go on to even greater achievements in the future.
‘Under Clare Connor and Charlotte Edwards, the England women have also won the ICC Women’s World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 – successes which have brought great credit to ECB and I thank them for their dedication and commitment.
‘I am now looking forward to a new and exciting challenge with Glamorgan which I will tackle with energy, enthusiasm and relish. I wish the England teams at all levels and the ECB the very best of luck in the coming years and I am sure they will enjoy further success.’
David Collier, the ECB Chief Executive, added: ‘Hugh has been an influential figure within the ECB since its inception in 1997 and his vision has helped deliver this outstandingly successful period in our cricketing history.
‘He will be sadly missed at Lord’s by all the ECB staff and at Loughborough where he provided the blueprint for the widely admired National Cricket Performance Centre. We all wish him well on this latest phase of his career with Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
’We will now begin a recruitment process for a replacement and I am confident that we will attract the calibre of person who can continue and build on England’s successes at all levels.’