Debbie Hockley will be first woman president as New Zealand     Getty Images
Debbie Hockley will be first woman president as New Zealand Getty Images (file photo)

Former White Ferns captain Debbie Hockley has been announced as New Zealand Cricket Board president. Hockley is also the first woman to hold such an esteemed position in New Zealand Cricket history of 122-year. Hockley takes over from out-going president Stephen Boock.New Zealand Cricket also announced Ingrid Cronin-Knight as the new director. Hockley was nominated for the post by Canterbury Cricket and members during the NZC annual meeting in Christchruch. Hockley will serves as president for a tenure of 3-years. ALSO READ:Kane Williamson backs Ross Taylor to bounce back

Hockley was the fourth female cricketer to have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2014. Hockley, born on November 7, 1962 in Christchurch, made her international debut in January 1979 when she featured in the third Test against Australia at Melbourne. In December 2000, she announced her retirement after the final of the ICC Women s Cricket World Cup in Lincoln in which New Zealand beat Australia by four runs.

In a career spanning 22 years, Hockley played 19 Tests in which she scored 1,301 runs with four centuries and seven half-centuries, and 118 ODIs in which she mustered 4,064 runs with four centuries and 34 half-centuries. With her inswing bowling, she took five Test and 20 ODI wickets.

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