Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins has been appointed Cricket Victoria's Big Bash general manager.
After nearly three years at the helm of state cricket, Cummins will leave to also oversee the commercial arm of Cricket Victoria that includes sponsors, venues, membership, ticketing and commercial partners.
The Twenty20 role incorporates overseeing the brand, marketing and fan engagement teams of both Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades.
The shock departure follows a significant impact Cummins has had on the organisation, both on and off the field.
Since commencing in early 2017, Cummins has introduced an increase of content of Big Bash games at UTAS Stadium.
Cummins also overhauled Cricket Tasmania's structure and strategic direction, ultimately resulting in the organisation posting its best financial result to date in recent weeks.
Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin applauded Cummins on his tenure at the organisation.
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"Nick took over the position of Cricket Tasmania at a difficult time, and his performance during the last two and a half years has been outstanding," he said.
"His drive, work ethic and commitment have been instrumental in turning around the organisation's team performance, community engagement and financial strength."
But the influence of Cummins did not win the hearts of Cricket Australia after failing to ensure a better international deal for the state.
Family commitments have necessitated Cummins's return home to Melbourne.
Cricket Tasmania will immediately commence the search for a new chief executive, which will involve a process to recruit not only within the state but also interstate and overseas.
It is hoped that a new chief executive will be in place before the end of the year.
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