Announcement comes day before England to say if team will travel to Australia for Ashes

The top official in English cricket quit on Thursday, saying the decision was taken for his wellbeing because the demands of the job during the coronavirus pandemic have “taken a personal toll on me,” the Associated Press reports.

Ian Watmore has stepped down as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board after serving barely a year in a role in which he was appointed to work two days per week.

It proved to be a turbulent period for the ECB, though, mainly because of the effects of the pandemic, which has hit the sport’s finances hard and led to major structural and logistical changes in the game.

The announcement of the departure of Watmore, whose previous jobs included being chief executive of the English Football Association, came a day before England was to announce whether its players will travel to Australia for the Ashes series scheduled for December and January, amid concerns about pandemic-related restrictions in place Down Under.

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