FORMER Worcestershire CCC chief executive David Leatherdale has revealed his intention to stand down from his post at the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) later this year.
The ex Pears chief left his role at New Road in March 2016 to become the head of the players governing body, bringing an end more than three decades of service to the county.
Leatherdale spent all his career at New Road, scoring more than 10,000 first-class runs, before retiring in 2005.
Current PCA chairman and Pears opener Daryl Mitchell lavished praise on his former boss at New Road and said ther search had begun for Leatherdale’s successor.
“David’s skill, dedication and determination over the last three years has been instrumental in championing the best interests of all PCA members during a time of immense change in the professional game. We are immensely grateful,” he said.
“He will continue in his role until a successor is appointed and has made it clear he wishes to conclude the negotiations surrounding the County Partnership Agreement and the Team England and PCA-ECB MOU contracts which will ensure playing professional cricket from 2020 onwards is the most rewarding career it has ever been.
“The board is grateful to David for his commitment to complete these negotiations which will see every current member of the PCA materially better off,” he added.
The PCA looks after the welfare of past and present first-class cricketers in England and Wales.