The chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings has decided to step down from his post on the eve of Cricket Australia's annual general meeting. Having served as a director for 13 years and as a chairman for almost three years, Eddings said he took this decision in the best interests of cricket in Australia.
Current director Richard Freudenstein has been elected as the interim chairman and will oversee Thursday's AGM. He will also keep the post until a new chairman is elected.
"It has been an honour and a privilege to be able to serve the sport I love as a Cricket Australia director. In that time, and particularly during my time as Chair, we have navigated some of the sport's greatest challenges, including rebuilding the trust and reputation of Australian cricket after the Newlands incident and, more recently, the enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic and international cricket," Eddings was quoted as saying in a CA media release.
"I am particularly proud of our collective efforts to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 to stage a hugely successful Indian tour last summer and ensure the Ashes can go ahead this summer. It has been terrific to be involved in the growth of the women's game in recent years, from the success of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup and Women's Big Bash League to the continued increase in girls taking up our sport. I have also been pleased to strengthen relations with the players through the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA).
"It is my sincere hope that following my resignation the State and Territory associations can unite and work together in the best interests of cricket, allowing the focus to return to the sport ahead of the 2021-22 season.
"I would like to extend my thanks to all of those who have worked hard to support the sport, and me personally, during my term as Chair - my fellow directors and the entire Cricket Australia team, the players and coaching staff, the Australian Cricketers' Association, the State and Territory cricket associations, our commercial and international partners and every club member and volunteer who keeps the sport thriving in the community."
At the AGM, the States will have the opportunity to vote on the re-election of two directors, Lachlan Henderson and Greg Rowell.