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Earl Eddings Resigns as Cricket Australia Chairman


Earl Eddings has resigned as the chairman of Cricket Australia. And has resigned from the board only 24 hours before Thursday’s annual general meeting.

Earl Eddings was director and chairman for 13 years from 2018 following. The resignation of previous chairman David Peever in the wake of cultural reviews. In Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

The current director, Richard Freudenstein, elected as interim chairman. And he will oversee Thursday’s AGM and serve for a short period until a new chairman is elected.

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Earl Eddings was Facing Intense Scrutiny in Recent Weeks

Earl Eddings has been facing intense scrutiny in recent weeks. In which states had already opposed him over his desire to serve a second term as president of New South Wales and Queensland. The latter part of his tenure dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to which there was a huge revenue cut in the states up to 50% initially. Which eventually reduced to 12.5%. While there was also a postponement of the tour of South Africa earlier this year.

Despite protests by the two states. The CA issued a statement on 16 September saying that “The Cricket Australia Board today announced the unanimous support of Earl Eddings. For a second and final term as Chairman ahead of next month’s Annual General Meeting. Where members will vote on his re-election as an independent director. be asked to.”

He had agreed to appoint a deputy chair and begin the process of delegating the role, before standing aside during his second term. But this was not enough to win over his opponents. The Australian reported that Western Australia had also withdrawn its support for Eddings. Which left him with no option as he would not have at least four votes from six states.

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Earl Eddings Said in a Statement that it is My Sincere Hope that After my Resignation the Unions of the States and Territories can Unite

Earl Eddings said in a statement: “It is my sincere hope that following my resignation. The state and territory unions can unite and work together in the best interest of cricket, thereby allowing the game to be rescheduled before the 2021–22 season.” to be focused.”

“As a Cricket Australia director I love a sport I love. It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve. In that time, and especially as my president. We’ve seen some of the game’s greatest challenges, including rebuilding the trust, and the reputation of Australian cricket following the Newlands incident and, more recently, the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic and international cricket.”

“I am especially proud of our collective efforts to stage a hugely successful Indian tour last summer. And overcome the challenges of COVID-19 to propel the Ashes this summer. Joining the evolution of the women’s sport It has been great in recent years, from the success of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. And the Women’s Big Bash League to the continued growth of girls in our sport. I am happy too.

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“I want to thank everyone who has worked hard to support the sport. And me personally, during my tenure as chairman – my fellow directors and the entire Cricket Australia team. Players and coaching staff, Australian Cricketers’ Association, State and Territory Cricket Association. Our commercial and international partners and every member. And volunteer of the club who keep the sport flourishing in the community.”

Earl Eddings Never Received the Unanimous Support of the Australian Cricket Community During his Time as Chairman

Earl Eddings never received the unanimous support of the Australian cricket community during his time as chairman. He forced to step down as a candidate for the CA board of Victoria in 2019. After losing the support of his home state, but elected as chairman. To remain on the CA board and as an independent director.

Earl Eddings was instrumental in the appointment of Nick Hockley as the CEO of Cricket Australia following the resignation of Kevin Roberts in 2020. Hockley was appointed as interim CEO in June of 2020. But was only formally endorsed as a successor to Roberts in May 2021.

More recently, Earl Eddings and Hawkley were forced to become mediators. When concerns were raised among senior male players about Justin Langer’s position as coach.

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CA’s board now tasked with appointing a new chairman. And a deputy chairman over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition process. In board administration after the previous two presidents forced to resign without proper succession planning. Does matter.

At Thursday’s AGM, states will have the opportunity to vote on the re-election of two directors. WA’s Lachlan Henderson and Queensland’s Greg Rowell, who will not return to the board in June.

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