February 20, 2009

Hong Kong

Hong Kong scale back on CEO plans

Martin Williamson

The Hong Kong Cricket Association has dropped plans to hire a chief executive and downgraded the post to senior sports administrator after board members baulked at the cost.

”We are now looking for a senior sports administrator to head up cricket in Hong Kong," said HKCA chairman Darren Tucker after a board meeting. The decision was a personal blow for Tucker who had been attempting to borrow US$125,000 to fund the move.

Some board members found this excessive, particularly during the current global financial crisis, the report said. Tucker said the board decided at an “exciting” monthly meeting on Thursday to hire a sports administrator from within Hong Kong instead.

The position will not be readvertised and the new administrator's salary will be negotiated when applicants are interviewed next week, he added.

The deadline for applications closed on Friday, but Tucker refused to confirm whether any had been received.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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