James Sutherland was appointed the new chief executive for Golf Australia on Monday, two years after stepping down as the Australia’s cricket chief, as he seeks to revive a sport long background but a continuous struggle in an increasingly competitive environment.
The 55-year-old men with name James Sutherland will take over from Stephen Pitt who resigned in February after 11 years in the job. you can see our exciting sports information about Cricket Tournament and Cricket News at here!
“I’m genuinely excited to have the opportunity to work in golf, obviously for Golf Australia, but more importantly for the sport around the nation,” said Sutherland, who headed Cricket Australia for 17 years until 2018.
“These are challenging times for us all, but I know that Andrew and his board have positioned us well to cope now and thrive later.”
Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold said it was a coup to secure someone with his experience.
“James has a resume that is long and distinguished and I’m delighted that golf will be able to tap into his vast knowledge and resources as we push into a new era,” Golf Australia Chairman Newbold said in a statement.
“One of the things that stands out to me was when I saw the (Melbourne Cricket Ground) filled with almost 100,000 people to watch the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup this year, then contemplated the switch and modernising of goals and attitudes to have achieved that objective.
“He knows what excellent and elite look like, and I can’t wait for him to impart his vision on the broader golf industry.”
James Sutherland through the years at Cricket Australia, has been credited with increasing participation in the sport, particularly among women.
He was heavily involved with the introduction of the highly-successful Twenty20 Big Bash League and day-night Test cricket.
Unfortunately, he encountered a pay war with players in his last few years and came under intense pressure back in 2018 when Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft attempted to alter the ball during a Test in South Africa.
They were all sent home in disgrace and banned in one of the biggest scandals to engulf the sport, which saw a slew of executives at Cricket Australia leave.
James Sutherland insisted the crisis had no bearing on his decision to quit.