IPL 2010 December 7, 2009

Sean Morris appointed Rajasthan Royals' CEO

Cricinfo staff

Sean Morris, the former Hampshire player and chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, has been appointed as Rajasthan Royals's new chief executive. Morris will take over the post immediately and will be particularly focused on development of the brand outside of India.

Manoj Badale, chairman of Rajasthan Royals, said: "Sean represents a great addition to the outstanding existing management team. He brings a strong mix of skills, and a real enthusiasm for the IPL. His international experience and relationships afford us great scope to continue to build the brand across the world."

Morris, 41, took over the PCA role in January 2008 as a successor to Richard Bevan, and his tenure coincided with some dramatic developments, including the rise of Twenty20 cricket, the terrorist attacks that interrupted England's tour of India last winter, and the high-profile falling-out of Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores at the beginning of the year. Morris was also responsible for delivering a 35% increase in PCA commercial income despite the difficult financial climate.

"The Rajasthan Royals are a huge success story and I am thrilled to be joining such a progressive and successful organization," said Morris. "On the field they are the most innovative and charismatic IPL side and have developed a huge international following. The vision and professionalism of the club is second to none, and I look forward to working with the players, the board, our sponsors and the fans to build on the huge achievements so far."

Shane Warne, captain of the Rajasthan Royals, welcomed Morris' appointment. "I am delighted that Sean will be joining the Rajasthan Royals management team," he said. "He is well respected by players around the world and we look forward to him helping us build on the phenomenal successes that we have enjoyed so far".

The Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL in 2008, played in India, but failed to repeat their success in this year's edition held in South Africa.