England and Wales Cricket Board chief resigns

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Tim Lamb, criticised for his handling of the Zimbabwe issue, announced that he was resigning as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

London: Tim Lamb, criticised for his handling of the Zimbabwe issue, today announced that he was resigning as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Lamb, in charge for nearly eight years, will officially leave the post at the end of September. Lamb has been under fire over England's scheduled autumn tour to Zimbabwe. He has also faced opposition from county chairmen to proposed reforms of the domestic game. Lamb and ECB chairman David Morgan have been heavily criticised for failing to cancel October's tour to Zimbabwe on moral grounds. England is due to make a final decision on the tour next month amid criticism that visiting Zimbabwe would be a tacit endorsement of President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has been accused of vote-rigging and intimidation in his 24-year rule of the south African nation. The ECB argues it could face financial penalties if it cancels the tour and says it wants to stay out of politics. If England doesn't play in Zimbabwe, it could be fined 1 million pounds ($US1.7 million) and face a possible ban from the International Cricket Council. England pulled out of a World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Harare in February 2003, and the ECB was forced to make 4 million pounds (US$ 7.3 million) worth of cuts after the boycott. Lamb is the third ECB official to leave in recent weeks. Des Wilson, chairman of the corporate affairs committee, and Mark Sibley, commercial director, have also severed ties. (AP)
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