Chief executive David East will leave the Emirates Cricket Board at the end of December.
East has been with the ECB for six years after arriving in 2012 having held the same role with Essex. The former wicketkeeper-batsman has played an instrumental role for the governing body by introducing professional contracts for its full time players, and establishing a strategic partnership for high performance with the ICC Academy in Dubai.
The 61-year-old also played a key part in attracting and delivering major events to the UAE such as the Under-19 World Cup, World Cup Qualifiers, IPL, T10 Cricket League, and working closely with the PCB whilst hosting its cricket in the UAE.
“I should like to thank our chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan for giving me the opportunity to lead Emirates Cricket over the last six years,” said East.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and believe that I have made a meaningful impact with the national team and the development of cricket in the country. The UAE has its highest ever ranking in the top 14 countries in the world for T20 and ODI cricket, and having won the ICC Global Development Award earlier this year, our rapidly growing development programme will continue to increase participation and help produce the next generation of UAE cricketers.
“I will leave with many fond memories, but am now ready to embark on my next challenge.”
Deputy ECB chairman Khalid Al Zarooni praised East for his hard work during his time in the Emirates. “We are most grateful to David for his hard work and guidance over the last six years. He should be rightly proud of his achievements with the Emirates Cricket Board and we wish him every success in the future.”
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