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Richard Gould named ECB chief executive

Gould is a former CEO of both Somerset CCC and Surrey CCC

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named Richard Gould as its new chief executive. Gould, the current CEO of Bristol City FC, will take up the post at the end of January 2023.

During his career, Gould has held a number of leadership roles in cricket – including stints as CEO at both Somerset CCC and Surrey CCC.

At ECB, Gould, 52, will be tasked with delivering the vision set out by ECB chair Richard Thompson to make cricket “the most inclusive sport in the country”. The strategy follows accusations of “widespread racism” in English cricket made in 2021 – ignited by complaints made by former Yorkshire CCC player, Azeem Rafiq.

Gould said: “Cricket is a national asset that can be played by all and helps strengthen and enhance communities across the nation. It can inspire the country and provides opportunities for all.

“But we have also seen the pain suffered by those who have experienced discrimination. We are determined to repair this damage and show that cricket can become the most inclusive and welcoming sport of all.

“I look forward to taking up the role in the new year, but for now will be an armchair fan supporting our men’s team in the T20 World Cup in Australia, whilst the women prepare for their T20 World Cup challenge in February.”

Gold is seen as someone with a track record in delivering initiatives which promote inclusion. At Surrey CCC, he was instrumental in the launch of the ACE Programme in 2020, which is now an independent charity designed to engage a new generation of children and young people from Black communities within the recreational game and talent pathway.

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