Chief Executive Neil Snowball reflects on his time at the Bears after being selected as the new Managing Director of County Cricket at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Snowball, who spent four-and-a-half years with the Bears, has officially departed after being selected as the new Managing Director of County Cricket at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in January.
During his time at Edgbaston, Snowball has overseen a period of considerable growth, innovation and success. In recent years, Edgbaston Stadium has become renowned as one of the best cricket venues in the world having hosted the ICC Champions Trophy twice, staged the first-ever day/night Test Match in England in 2017, whilst also cementing its position as the home of Vitality Blast Finals Day.
In 2019, Edgbaston hosted five marquee fixtures in the hugely successful ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, which eventually saw England crowned as champions, and it also staged a record-breaking Ashes Test match in the drawn series with Australia.
During Snowball’s period in charge of the club, there has been success on the pitch for the men’s team with the Royal London Cup win over Surrey in 2016 and the Division 2 Championship in 2018.
Alongside this, there has been an increased focus on the development of homegrown talent through the Warwickshire Academy and greater investment and profile for Women’s Cricket, which has led to a first piece of domestic silverware in the women’s game in 2019 as the Bears Women were crowned T20 champions.