12 Jan 2012

Sport: Cricket Fiji on hunt for new CEO

11:16 am on 12 January 2012

Cricket Fiji is on the hunt for a new chief executive with Jon Symonds announcing he will be stepping down for personal reasons to return home.

South African Symonds came to Fiji from the UK a year ago, where he worked in the financial sector.

He says one of the biggest challenges during his time in Fiji has been the lack of financial support from the local business community, where cricket has to compete against higher profile sports in rugby and football.

Jon Symonds says he's particularly proud of the rise in the number of people playing the game.

"We increased from just under ten thousand to just under eighteen thousand year on year which was part of the plan that I put in place at the beginning of the year and I was really happy with the way the development officers went about their work and did that. Easter tournament was a great success last year. It's the pinnacle flagship tournament of cricket in Fiji and many people remarked that it was probably the most successful tournament that they've had, with regard to cricket, in 20 years."

Jon Symonds has agreed to stay on until the end of April and will help in the recruitment of his successor.

He says he hopes to still be involved and help out Cricket Fiji in some capacity when he returns to the UK.