Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings steps down

Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia (CA), chairman, resigned on Wednesday after a 13-year tenure. He also stated that he would not be standing for re-election at the Annual General Meeting (October 14).

Eddings stated that he believes the decision is in the best interest of cricket and that it would allow for the continuation of the Board renewal process.

As a Cricket Australia director, it has been an honor and a privilege. During that time and especially during my tenure as Chair, we have faced many of the sport’s most difficult challenges including rebuilding trust and reputation in Australian cricket following the Newlands incident, and more recently the huge impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on domestic and international cricket,” stated Eddings.

His most recent assignment was to convince England and Wales Cricket Board that its team would be sent to Ashes Series, which begins December 8 in Brisbane.

“I am proud of the collective effort to overcome COVID-19’s challenges to put on a highly successful Indian tour last year and make sure the Ashes go ahead this season. It’s been a great experience to play a part in the development of women’s cricket in recent years. This includes the successes of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Women’s Big Bash League and the increase in female participation in our sport. He said that he was also pleased to have strengthened relations with players through the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA).

“It is my sincere wish that the State and Territory associations can unify and work together in the best interest of cricket after my resignation,” he said. The current director Richard Freudenstein was elected as Cricket Australia’s Chair. He will continue his duties until a permanent chair is elected. Freudenstein will be the chair of Thursday’s Cricket Australia AGM. At this meeting, the States will be able to vote for the re-elections of Greg Rowell and Lachlan Henderson.