Glamorgan have confirmed the appointment of former captain Hugh Morris as their new chief executive and director of cricket.
The Welsh county revealed the departure of chief executive Alan Hamer on Sunday and unveiled Morris less than 24 hours later.
The former Glamorgan captain will leave his role as the England managing director and also take on the extra responsibility of the director of cricket at the Swalec Stadium.
It is understood he will remain with the ECB until the conclusion is this winter’s Ashes Down Under.
“I am very grateful to Barry and the committee of Glamorgan for providing me with this opportunity and a new and exciting challenge at this stage of my career,” said Morris.
“I am grateful to the ECB and England cricket for their support in the last 16 years and I am looking forward to a new and exciting challenge with Glamorgan which I will tackle with energy, enthusiasm and relish.
“I really enjoyed my time as a player with Glamorgan and now my task, which I will take on with relish, is to work with everyone at the club to increase our talent pool – particularly from Wales.”
Glamorgan chairman Barry O’Brien said;“We are delight to have been able to appoint a person with the calibre of Hugh Morris who has achieved so much as Managing Director of England Cricket.
“Hugh is also steeped in Glamorgan history having been appointed as our youngest ever captain in 1986 and during his second term as captain he led the county to the Sunday League title in 1993.
“He was also one of our most reliable and prolific batsman scoring almost 20,000 first-class runs at an average of more than 40, but in addition to being a very fine player he has demonstrated in his many roles at the ECB that he is also an administrator of the highest ability.”
Morris, 49, joined the England and Wales Cricket Board in November 1997 at the end of his playing career with Glamorgan.
He was initially ECB Technical Director and has subsequently served as managing Director England Cricket since September 2007.
He has also served as Performance Director and as well as acting chief executive in 2004.
During his time with ECB he has not only been responsible for overseeing the most successful period of the England team in the modern era but also in revamping the ECB coaching and science and medicine programmes.
In 2003 Morris was responsible for the delivery of the ECB National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.
“This has been a remarkable period in the history of cricket in England and Wales and I have been extremely proud to been able to play a part in it,” said Morris.
“In my time at the ECB I have been fortunate to work with some extremely dedicated and talented cricketing people and I thank them for all the support that they have given me and their contribution to the success of the England teams.
“I would like to thank Andy Flower, the England Team Director, for his outstanding work in the last four years and congratulate the players on their three Ashes series successes, being the number one ranked team in the world in all three formats of the game, and also winning one ICC Global event and being runners-up in another.
“I wish the England teams at all levels and the ECB the very best of luck in the coming years and I am sure they will enjoy further success.’
ECB chief executive hailed the departing Morris.
“Hugh has been an influential figure within the ECB since its inception in 1997 and his vision has helped deliver this outstandingly successful period in our cricketing history.
“He will be sadly missed at Lord’s by all the ECB staff and at Loughborough where he provided the blueprint for the widely admired National Cricket Performance Centre. “We all wish him well on this latest phase of his career with Glamorgan.
“We will now begin an executive search for a replacement and I am confident that we will attract the calibre of person who can continue and build on England’s successes at all levels.”
Meanwhile, Morris believes former England captain Andrew Strauss would be an ideal successor.
Strauss, who only retired as a player last year, earned huge respect during his time as England captain and fits the bill as a highly intelligent, statesmanlike figure in the game.
He has also done some work with the ECB since the end of his playing days, although this summer he also dipped his toe into the water of television commentary.
Morris, who would be willing to assist in the search for his replacement, sees no reason why Strauss could not take his mantle.
“I’ve not spoken to Andrew about it because I only handed my resignation in on Sunday, but he is an incredibly capable man,” he told Press Association Sport.
“He is a really likeable man, he has fantastic skills and the knowledge and experience of the game at all levels.
“If he wanted to do it and if he got the job he’d be great but I’m sure there will be a lot of good candidates.
“I’d be happy to talk to the board (about the recruitment process) and the one thing I can say is it’s a fantastic job.
“Whoever is going to sit behind this desk in future has a terrific job.”
Another prominent member of the England set-up who may yet be interested is team director Andy Flower.
He is committed to leading the side in this winter’s Ashes Down Under, but has yet to publicly commit himself beyond that point.
An office job at Lord’s would be a significant shift in pace for Flower, but he is known to find the workload and travel commitments a drain.
Morris believes he is another with the credentials to succeed.
He said: “Both Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss are fantastic guys, I know them both well and I worked with them for a long time.
“Whatever job either of them wants to do they will do very well, no doubt about it.
“If they fancied this job, or applied, either of them would be great but that is for others to decide.”
HUGH MORRIS FACTFILE
1963: Born October 5 in Cardiff.
1981: September 9 – A left-handed batsman, Morris makes first-class debut for Glamorgan against Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens.
1984: Makes 542 runs in the first-class season, including his maiden hundred.
1990: Breaks a Glamorgan record with 10 first-class centuries in the season and a total of 2,276 runs.
1991: July 25 – Makes Test debut for England against the West Indies at Edgbaston.
August 27 – Morris’ summer, and ultimately his international career, ends after three Tests and 115 runs at 19, with a top score of 44 at the Oval.
1992: March 10-11 – Scores 135 for England A against Trinidad and Tobago.
1997: Retires from first-class cricket, having made 19,785 runs, 53 hundreds and 98 fifties and passed 1,000 runs in a season on 10 occasions. His 52nd and last Glamorgan century, on his last first-class appearance, equalled Alan Jones’ county record. Becomes the England and Wales Cricket Board’s technical coaching director.
2005: December – Promoted to ECB deputy chief executive.
2007: October 2 – Appointed as managing director of England cricket in a review following the Schofield Report into the 5-0 defeat in the 2006-07 Ashes. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain labels his appointment, alongside that of Mike Gatting, “jobs for the boys”.
2008: November 23 – Warns England players that central contracts take precedence over Indian Premier League opportunities.
2009: January – Sacks Peter Moores as England coach and installs Andy Flower as interim coach. Flower later takes charge on a permanent basis.
2010: March 20 – Warns that putting the Ashes on the “crown jewels” list of events which must be shown on free-to-air TV would be “catastrophic” for ECB funding.
2013: August 26 – Announces he will leave ECB role following the winter’s Ashes and return to Glamorgan as chief executive and director of cricket.