Chief Exec of Leicestershire CCC resigns

June 30, 2010

David Smith, the Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club has handed in his resignation after two-and-a-half years in the role.

Smith puts his reasons behind resigning down to ‘interference’ in cricketing matters from Chairman Neil Davidson.

Smith said: “The Chairman seems to think he is entitled to intervene in selection and that is unacceptable to me. I think I have reason to bring it to everyone’s attention.

“We have had intervention from the board on cricketing matters and I don’t think that is appropriate. I’m very disappointed at having to make this decision. I’m 25 per cent into the job of trying to move the club forward and I believe we have started to see that.

“I inherited a club that had six Kolpak players and we have made significant progress from that time. The ground was dilapidated when I took over but the facilities for the membership have been improved during my time.

“I’m very disappointed but I cannot have intervention from the Chairman and the board.”

The club issued a statement which read: “The board of directors of Leicestershire County Cricket Club regrets to announce that it has today accepted the resignation of its Chief Executive, David Smith.

“The club is in discussions with David as to the date of his departure. Mike Siddall has been appointed to role of acting Chief Executive until a permanent appointment can be made.”