Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones tonight informed a delegates’ meeting that he will retire from the role at the end of this season.
The 15th person to serve in the role since 1859, Mr Jones has been CEO since 1 July 2013.
With the recent announcement of a $50 million state of the art community and high performance cricket centre at Sydney Olympic Park, Mr Jones felt it was an appropriate time to move on.
“I had originally intended to serve for five years but it was important to resolve the Cricket NSW facilities situation before leaving,” Mr Jones said.
“With the Wilson Park development locked in, the Blues playing well under coach Phil Jaques and most other areas of Cricket NSW in excellent shape, it’s time for me to attack something new, most likely in the private sector.”
Cricket NSW Chairman John Knox paid tribute.
"Andrew has done an outstanding job leading Cricket NSW,” Mr Knox said.
"He will leave the role with our Big Bash clubs enjoying record attendances and viewership, grassroots participation at its highest ever levels and record revenue.
“Cricket NSW has also won every available professional and pathway title during his tenure.
"Under Andrew’s leadership we have doubled the playing opportunities for NSW Metro and Country cricketers through the establishment of the NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country teams at underage and Futures League levels.
“We have also driven the professionalisation of the NSW Breakers, starting a revolution in the women's game.
“Prior to his role at Cricket NSW, Andrew was Cricket Australia’s Head of Strategy. In his past and present roles, Andrew has played an important part in many of Australian cricket’s major initiatives since 2004.
“This includes the introduction of the Big Bash and Women’s Big Bash, the professionalisation of women’s cricket, governance and financial model reform.
“It is a fitting time for Andrew to step aside with the Wilson Park development secured.”
Mr Jones acknowledged Cricket NSW in response.
"My sincere thanks go to the Board, staff, players, members and volunteers of NSW Cricket for their support over the past five and a half years.
"It is a joy to do what you love for a living.
"Why wouldn’t you when you work with the likes of Alyssa Healy, Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood and Ellyse Perry, who are among the very best in the world at what they do?
"Their effort, skill and passion for cricket is matched by the many wonderful staff and volunteers we have in our game. Cricket is built on their efforts. It has been an honour to serve them all and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved.
“I am particularly excited about securing Wilson Park, a facility which will transform NSW Cricket at both the elite and community level.
"It’s time to do something new but as NSW and Australian cricket continue to grow I'll be watching with the same passion I’ve had since I was eight years old."
The CNSW Board has commenced the search for a successor