James Sutherland (cricket administrator)

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James Sutherland
Personal information
Full nameJames Alexander Sutherland
Born (1965-07-14) 14 July 1965 (age 53)
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RelationsWill Sutherland (son)
Annabel Sutherland (daughter)
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 4 9
Runs scored 54 28
Batting average 13.50 9.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 18* 13
Balls bowled 748 510
Wickets 9 12
Bowling average 39.77 26.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 -
Best bowling 2-23 3-26
Catches/stumpings 2/0 4/0

James Alexander Sutherland (born 14 July 1965 in East Melbourne) is an Australian former first-class cricketer and cricket administrator. He played for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and was the CEO of Cricket Australia, from 2001 to 2018.

A right arm fast-medium bowler, Sutherland made his first-class debut against Queensland at the St Kilda Cricket Ground, where one of his opponents, Scott Muller, was also debuting. He claimed Carl Rackemann as his maiden wicket and in the second innings dismissed Stuart Law for the first of his two-second innings victims.[1] The following week the Victorians defeated New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield Final but the paceman had lost his place in the side to Paul Jackson and instead was relegated to 12th man.[2]

In his three other first-class appearances he chipped in with the occasional wicket but was unable to take a big haul. He did however take some big wickets, including Justin Langer twice and against Tasmania he dismissed Ricky Ponting hit wicket.[3] As Cricket Australia chief executive, Sutherland would later work alongside the Australian captain, as he did with Steve Waugh whom he also took the wicket of during his career, on his List A debut.[4] He was part of Victoria's 1992/93 Mercantile Mutual Cup campaign and played in the Final which they lost to New South Wales.[5]

Sutherland is a chartered accountant who formerly worked for Ernst & Young.[6][7] Following the conclusion of Sutherland's cricket career, he became a finance manager at the Carlton Football Club and was appointed as an assistant coach of Victoria in 1998/99, having become a Level III coach. Sutherland also had a stint as coach of the Melbourne University Cricket Club, where he is a life member, having played District cricket there for many years.

Sutherland joined the Australian Cricket Board, now known as Cricket Australia, as general manager in 1998. Three years later (in 2001) he replaced Malcolm Speed to become the chief executive.[8]

On 6 June 2018, Sutherland announced his retirement, giving Cricket Australia 12 months notice to find a suitable replacement.[9]

Controversially, Sutherland oversaw the mishandled pay negotiations with the Australian Cricketers Association, which further widened a rift between players and administrators.

Sutherland oversaw the widely unpopular TV rights deal which saw ODI cricket disappear from free to air screens in Australia and putting it at risk of becoming irrelevant.

Sutherland was heavily criticised by many for his poor handling of the initial stages of the sandpaper ball tampering incident in March 2018 involving Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner.

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  1. ^ "Victoria v Queensland 1990/91". CricketArchive.
  2. ^ "Victoria v New South Wales 1990/91". CricketArchive.
  3. ^ "Player Oracle: James Sutherland". CricketArchive.
  4. ^ "New South Wales v Victoria 1992/93". CricketArchive.
  5. ^ "Mercantile Mutual Cup 1992/93". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008.
  6. ^ "James Sutherland". The Coalition of Major Professional & Participation Sports.
  7. ^ "James Sutherland: Cricket Australia CEO". Back Page Lead. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Profile: James Sutherland". Cricinfo.
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