Cricket Canada's chairman of selectors Chris James has announced his retirement effectively immediately. James who has served in multiple capacities in Canadian cricket over the past 20 years had initially retired earlier this year but was asked by the organization to stay on to help direct a critical push through the World Cup Qualifiers.
Hailing from Calgary, James served in various capacities in the local Calgary and District Cricket League taking a league in danger of losing its only grounds and leading it back to health. The league tripled in size over James leadership while reaching out to the community and mending a difficult relationship with the city. James moved on to become president of Cricket Alberta where he spearheaded the work to get government funding that would soon lead to the establishment of an office with permanent staff.
James served as a national selector in two stints, from 2005-2009 and again from 2010- current. Under his guidance, Canada qualified for the 2011 Cricket World Cup as well as winning only its second ever game at a Cricket World Cup.
Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy thanked James for his contributions
"We were probably the most unlikely pair to work together but we instantly clicked and did a lot of great work in the past 10 years. Chris provided leadership and stability and allowed us to grow Cricket in Calgary and Alberta in ways never imaginable. He took cricket out of the backroom and into the boardroom, using principals that we are putting in place in Cricket Canada. He presence around the directors table has been sorely missed as will his presence on the national stage."
Cricket Canada will name a new chairman of selectors in the near future.