South Canterbury Cricket executive officer David Fisher has resigned after two years in the top job.
The resignation also puts him out of the running to become the South Canterbury Rugby Union (SCRU) chief executive.
Fisher, 48, said he was sad to be leaving and disappointed he could not take up a role with the SCRU, but a new job within the banking sector was too good to refuse.
"I've really enjoyed the time that I've had with cricket and it is more than a regret on my part that I am leaving.
"My two biggest sporting passions are cricket and rugby but the job with the bank came out of the blue and was too good an opportunity." Fisher had been delegating more of his executive officer tasks to Mark Medlicott in recent months, as he balanced his cricket commitments with his banking job.
South Canterbury Cricket Association president Andrew McRae said Medlicott would continue in the interim with some help from Fisher until a replacement could be found.
McRae said Fisher's experience and business knowledge would be a huge loss, but he was confident he would not be lost completely to cricket in South Canterbury.
"David will be a huge loss as our executive officer.
"In his time with us, he has secured the financial future of the association, improved communication to stakeholders and brought real innovation to our competition structure.
"Those that have had day-to-day dealings with David are unanimous in their appreciation of his services.
"Thankfully he has indicated that he will remain committed to South Canterbury Cricket, ensuring a smooth transition for his replacement and there remains a possibility of his involvement at board level going forward."
It is not known when a replacement will be appointed, but the position will be advertised.
SCRU chairman Brent Isbister said it was a shame his organisation would not be working with Fisher, but he wished him all the best.
"We certainly wish Dave all the best for his new role and we are disappointed that we were not able to have him as our chief executive," he said.
Isbister said the SCRU was considering its options.
- The Timaru Herald