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Collier to leave ECB role

David Collier is to leave the role of chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, according to Sky sources.

The 59-year-old has been in the post since October 2004 when he succeeded Tim Lamb, following spells as chief executive at Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Collier is expected to remain in his position until the end of the season, with an interim appointment likely.

His departure will see the third major change at the top in English cricket over the last 12 months following Paul Downton's appointment as managing director and the resignation of Andy Flower as national coach with Peter Moores taking over.

England claimed four Ashes Series victories during Collier's spell in charge, including the first triumph in Australia for almost 20 years in 2011, and also won the 2012 World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

They also rose to the top of the International Cricket Council's world Test rankings for a spell in 2012, but have since slipped dramatically from that position and suffered a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia last winter.