James Sutherland (cricket administrator)

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James Sutherland
Personal information
Full name James Alexander Sutherland
Born (1965-07-14) 14 July 1965 (age 50)
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1991-1994 Victoria
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
Source: CricketArchive

James Alexander Sutherland (born 14 July 1965 in East Melbourne) is a former Australian first-class cricketer and current cricket administrator. He played for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and is the current CEO of Cricket Australia.

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 after playing first-grade cricket with them earlier.

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