Cricket Australia chair Earl Eddings has resigned just one day before he was due to stand for re-election at the governing body’s annual general meeting.
- Earl Eddings said it had been an “honour and a privilege” to act as Cricket Australia chair
- Eddings was seeking re-election but failed to win the support of New South Wales or Queensland
- Cricket Australia will aim to appoint a permanent successor by the end of the year
In a statement, Eddings said he believed the decision was in the best interests of cricket.
Eddings spent 13 years as a director of Cricket Australia (CA).
He became chair after the resignation of David Peever in 2018.
Peever resigned after facing criticism of his handling of the Longstaff review, which investigated the sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town and the broader culture of elite Australian cricket.
“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 [Cape Town] incident and, more recently, the enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic and international cricket.”
Richard Freudenstein, a CA director, has been elected chair and will serve for a short period until a permanent chair is elected, Cricket Australia said.
Eddings had been seeking re-election without the full support of the states.
Crucially, New South Wales and Queensland failed to back him.
Eddings was criticised within cricket circles for failing to present a strategic vision for the game during a tumultuous period.
Much of the heavy lifting that CA has been forced to do during the COVID pandemic has fallen to chief executive Nick Hockley, who came to the position after Kevin Roberts resigned last year.
The CA board had previously said a successor to the chair would be named after the end of the 2021-22 season.
CA is now planning to appoint a permanent chair by the end of the year.
More to come.