DAVE Emslie dropped a bombshell yesterday when he announced his resignation as chief executive of Eastern Province Cricket.
An emotional Emslie, 58, of Walmer, Port Elizabeth, said after “considerable thought” he would be calling time on a position he had held since 1994 to pursue other interests in the sports marketing industry.
He said after 19 years in the hot- seat, a new outlook and approach was necessary.
“It is my absolute conviction that a freshening up of EP Cricket is required,” said Emslie, whose last official day at work will be July 31.
“I often look back to when I was appointed CEO and the unbridled enthusiasm with which I, with the help and support of a highly committed and competent staff, tackled building what was then a new organisation born out of the unity process. I believe this job has been done.”
Emslie said the journey had at times taken him to the depths of despair. “But far more prevalent have been the good times.
“Unless one has had direct dealings with the staff at Axxess St George’s, one will not know the quality of person in the employ of EP Cricket and what a true privilege to have been one of what the late Raymond Uren referred to as the ‘Dream Team’.
“I will miss them dearly andwould like to record my absolute respect for their skills and values.”
During his tenure, the Warriors have produced numerous national players, including Johan Botha, Ashwell Prince, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Colin Ingram, Wayne Parnell and Rusty Theron. He also played a crucial role in the development of new Proteas coach Russell Domingo. The crowning glory came when the Warriors won two limited overs domestic titles in the 2009-2010 season.
EP Cricket president Graeme Sauls paid tribute to Emslie’s career. He said: “Everyonet is indebted to him for his outstanding contribution to the game in the province … There have been many challenges but what has seen Dave through is his unique love and passion for the game.”
With regard to the immediate management of the Warriors, which is currentlythe responsibility of Eastern Province Cricket, the board of directors of Cricket Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd decided recently it would be in the interests of professional cricket to have a chief executive who would manage the franchise independent of its shareholders, EP Cricket and Border Cricket.
Emslie will manage the franchise until a suitable candidate is found.