Eddings resigns as CA chair after states withdraw support

Earl Eddings has bowed to the inevitable and quit as Cricket Australia chair ahead of the governing body’s AGM on Thursday, leaving the Coles group director Richard Freudenstein as interim chair.

After an unprecedented period of infighting, during which Cricket New South Wales and Queensland Cricket both expressed their desire for a change, Eddings attempted to hang on for a partial second term in the role, but was eventually compelled to resign the office.

Former Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings.Credit:Eddie Jim

The former NSW premier Mike Baird and the recent Queensland nominee Greg Rowell each withdrew their support for Eddings this week, meaning he not only faced opposition from state associations but also from directors on the CA board itself.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to be able to serve the sport I love as a Cricket Australia director,” Eddings said. “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.

“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.”

Eddings said he hoped his exit would allow for a renewal of unity in Australian cricket. “It has been terrific to be involved in the growth of the women’s game in recent years,” he said, “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.”

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