MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Earl Eddings resigned on Wednesday, a day earlier than he was as a consequence of stand for re-election on the board’s annual normal assembly.
Eddings, whose three-year chairmanship was marked by a near-constant division between member states, was below strain after fellow board administrators nominated by New South Wales and Queensland withdrew their help for him this week.
Western Australia additionally pulled its help after a gathering late on Tuesday, dealing a terminal blow to his re-election hopes, Australian media reported.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to be able to serve the sport I love as a Cricket Australia director,” Eddings mentioned. “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.”
Director Richard Freudenstein was put in as chairman in his place and can serve for a brief interval till a everlasting alternative is elected, CA mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.
Eddings’ resignation comes solely weeks after CA mentioned he had the complete help of the board regardless of state members New South Wales and Queensland publicly opposing his re-election.
A CA director for 13 years, Eddings changed David Peever in 2018 as interim chairman after the previous mining govt resigned following the discharge of a scathing cultural assessment into the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
Eddings was shortly put in as everlasting chairman, triggering an embarrassing criticism from his dwelling state Victoria, which had opposed his appointment.
Victoria eliminated him as its nominated director the next 12 months however Eddings managed to cling to the chairmanship as an unbiased director.
Eddings and the CA board got here below main scrutiny after the governing physique stood down 80 per cent of its workers and tried to ram by way of swinging cuts to state grants as ‘proactive measures’ to cope with the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic.
These strikes, introduced by former chief govt Kevin Roberts however endorsed by the board, had been condemned by jap states and the gamers’ union, which mentioned they’d show ‘disastrous’ for the sport.
With strain mounting, Roberts resigned after dropping the help of the board however Eddings pressed on for re-election regardless of stories of discontent dogging him to the eve of the AGM.
Printed in Daybreak, October 14th, 2021