Tom Harrison. (Getty Images)

Tom Harrison is due to step down as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Council in June – part of a major overhaul following falling test results.

Since the beginning of the year, men’s cricket managing director Ashley Giles, head coach Chris Silverwood and test captain Joe Ruth have been replaced, and the post of ECB chairman is currently also vacant.

On Tuesday, the ECB announced that Claire Connor, currently managing director of England’s women’s cricket, would take up the post on a temporary basis.

Ruth retired last month after a 1-0 defeat to England in the West Indies, leaving them with a deplorable record – just one win in 17 tests – and was replaced by station wagon Ben Stokes.

Former New Zealand captain Brendan McCallum was appointed coach last week and former England batsman Rob Key has been appointed new head coach.

Harrison, who took office in 2015, oversaw the introduction of the controversial city competition “One Hundred”, which began last year, and during his tenure, England won both the men’s and women’s 50 World Championships.

The 50-year-old girl has faced calls to resign over a fight against a racist scandal that erupted last year.

Harrison said it was “a great honor” to serve as CEO.

“Cricket is an extremely good force in the world and my goal was to make the game bigger and provide more people and more communities in England and Wales that they have a place in the sport,” he said.

“The long-term health of cricket depends on its ability to grow and remain relevant and be more inclusive in an ever-changing world.”

ECB Interim President Martin Darlow said: “When the pandemic (coronavirus) started, it was Tom’s leadership that united the game and saved us from the worst financial crisis the sport has ever faced.

“He has always put the interests of the game first and worked to bring about important changes to make our game more accessible and inclusive, although we all know there is still a lot of work to be done.”

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