Earl Eddings appointed full-time chairman of Cricket Australia
Earl Eddings (Image: News Corp Australia)

Cricket Australia has promoted interim deputy chairman Earl Eddings as the new chairman of the board on a full-time basis. Eddings, a former first-grade batsman in Australia, replaces former chairman David Peever, who resigned on November 1 due to pressure mounted on him to step down following a culture review report released in October.

Eddings has also served as president of club North Melbourne and had accompanied Peever at crucial ICC meetings. Alongside Eddings, the board will comprise Jacquie Hey, John Harnden AM, Michelle Tredenick, Michael Kasprowicz, Paul Green and Dr Lachlan Henderson as its directors. Eddings would serve until next October’s annual general meeting when the post would be filled by a candidate nominated after consultation with the state associations, Cricket Australia said.

“Cricket is only what it is in Australia because of the commitment of our people, the fans and the thousands of volunteers around the country. I am honoured to serve in this position and am committed to making cricket stronger and a game that we can all be proud of,” Eddings said following his appointment.

“It’s important that, along with our owners, the State and Territory Associations, the players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, that we work harder than ever before to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds across the country and continue to strengthen cricket’s privileged position as Australia’s favourite summer pastime, whether you are a spectator, player or volunteer.”

Eddings has been part of the Audit and Risk, and People and Culture Committees, and alternative Director for the past 18 months at ICC meetings, and Hay believes his appointment will help CA maintain its relations with the International Cricket Council.

“There’s no question this year has been a challenging one for cricket and for Cricket Australia. Our aim is to ensure management are empowered to rebuild trust and strengthen the game. Earl’s involvement over the past decade provides continuity in a time of change and enables the Board to maintain strong relations with the ICC, other member countries and our valued partners,” Director Jacquie Hey said.

“Earl is a well-regarded member of the team with a solid understanding of our history and the need for better working relationships across the cricket community.”