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Hampshire’s chairman will be resigning from his position after the conclusion of the 2023 season.
He was chosen as the chairman in the year 2000 and has been responsible for managing the club’s most prosperous era, which spans 160 years.
“It has been an incredible privilege and one of the most remarkable experiences of my life to serve as the chair of Hampshire,” as stated on the club’s website.
“I feel immense pride for the players and coaches who have brought us joy and motivation throughout my time in office.”
Bransgrove played a crucial role in Hampshire’s relocation from the County Ground to the Ageas Bowl, resulting in frequent international cricket matches being held in the county.
Under his leadership, the men’s team underwent a remarkable transformation, emerging as one of the strongest contenders in the national cricket arena. They achieved great success by securing three T20 championships and triumphing in four one-day cups.
As the director, he was responsible for the establishment of the women’s team, known as the Southern Vipers, who have emerged as a formidable force in limited-overs cricket. They have achieved remarkable success, clinching two 50-over titles and three T20 competitions, including consecutive victories in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.
Bransgrove successfully accomplished one of his primary goals this summer as the English and Wales Cricket Board revealed that the Ageas Bowl will be the venue for two Ashes Tests. The first Test will be for men in 2027, while the second will be for women in 2031.
“I’ve always had this dream of hosting an Ashes Test at our amazing venue,” he expressed.
“In light of the ECB’s confirmation that this will indeed take place in 2027, it seems that my contribution to the world of cricket is coming to a close.”
“Our club has a profound and illustrious past, and I am privileged to have been involved in its journey. I eagerly anticipate being a dedicated fan and attending its events for countless years in the future.”
“The club’s CEO, David Mann, expressed gratitude for Rod’s contribution in saving the club and ensuring its sustainability, all while witnessing remarkable success on the field,” Hampshire’s chief executive David Mann acknowledged, highlighting Rod’s instrumental role.
“His enthusiasm for the sport and dedication to cricket is truly motivating.”
“His impact extends beyond our achievements on the field and the introduction of international cricket in Hampshire. It includes the expansion of the sport and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Hampshire for future generations to cherish.”
Bransgrove will remain in his positions as the chairman of Hampshire Sport & Leisure Holdings Group, the chairman of Southern Vipers, and as a trustee of the Hampshire Cricket Foundation.