Andy Nash has resigned from the ECB Board citing concerns over the standards of corporate governance which “fall well short of what’s acceptable”.
Nash, once tipped as a potential successor to Coin Graves as ECB chairman, was especially disappointed by revelations – published by The Times in recent days – that Test-hosting counties were receiving large payments (understood to be 500,000 a year) in years they do not host Tests. The payments, Nash alleges, were made without the ECB board’s approval or even knowledge.
As a former Somerset chairman, Nash was alarmed that the payments would marginalise the 10 non-Test hosting clubs and “clearly signals to many a move to promote eight counties as the first among equals”.
It is not hard to understand Nash’s concerns. In recent days Hampshire – a club who will benefit substantially from the arrangement – have announced the signing of Sam Northeast in the face of substantial opposition from other counties. Kent, Northeast’s club since his schooldays, will not benefit from the payments. Is it fair, Nash asks, for such counties to be disadvantaged in these situations?
It is also understood that Nash’s attempts to raise his concerns in recent days have been most unwelcome to members of the ECB executive – especially Graves – and he therefore came to the conclusion that he could serve no further purpose on the board.
“I hereby resign with immediate effect from the ECB Board,” Nash wrote in a letter to Graves.
“I’ve recently become concerned that the standards of Corporate Governance at ECB are falling well short of what’s acceptable and in all conscience I can’t allow myself to continue to be associated with it.
“I would be failing in my duty as a director if I didn’t bring these to the Board’s attention and this I’ve tried to do. The current fiasco over the actual / alleged / planned payments to TMGs is an exemplar. Whether intentional or not it clearly signals to many a move to promote 8 Counties as the first among equals. As an ardent supporter of the 18 FCCs this is not a direction of travel I can live with.
“It’s also come to my attention in the last 24 hours that my actions as a listening and conscientious NXD are sadly misunderstood and misinterpreted by yourself. I sincerely regret that because all I want is the best for the game and for good governance of the ECB.
“I wish English cricket every future success: it’s been an enormous privilege to serve this great game as a County Chairman and ECB Board Director since 2004.”
More to follow.