Former Zimbabwe cricketer Gus Mackay now chief executive of Harlequins

The former Zimbabwe international cricketer Gus Mackay has swapped sports from cricket to become chief executive of Super League club Harlequins.

Mackay, who was born in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1967 made three limited-overs appearances for Zimbabwe, previously held a similar position with Sussex, while he has also had management roles with both Surrey and Leicestershire.

“I am looking forward to joining Harlequins,” said Mackay. “I am aware of the significant challenges which we face with this sport in London”

“However, I am confident that we can make a real impact and build on the good work and strong base which exists.”

He replaces Paul Blanchard, who has left the club to work for Surrey Sports Park.

As a teenager Gus Mackay played for Zimbabwe Colts in England in 1984 and then Zimbabwe Schools. His first-class debut, in 1998-99, did not come until he was 31, although he did play for Mashonaland in the Logan Cup before it became a first-class competition. In 1986 he spent a year at Essex and was then sidelined by a serious ankle injury, before joining English Midlands sides Barnet Green and West Bromwich.

As mentioned earlier, he played three internationals for Zimbabwe as a seam bowler and a lower-order batsman after he returned from England to Zimbabwe in an effort to gain a place in the team for the 1999 World Cup. This goal was never achieved, but he did win a call-up to the one-day side which toured Australia and New Zealand in 2000-01.

After his playing career ended, he began learning his trade as an administrator as general manager of Mashonaland, while working as a banker, and in 2006 he was appointed as chief executive at Sussex. At the end of the 2008 season he moved to Surrey as managing director of cricket.