Alex Blackwell, the former Australia captain, has been elected to the Cricket New South Wales board, becoming the first woman to be elected in the 159-year history of the board.
Blackwell, who made her international debut way back in 2003, played 12 Tests, 144 ODIs and 95 T20Is for her country. She was a prolific run-getter, especially in the ODI format, compiling 3492 runs at an average of 36. The veteran also captained Australia to victories in the Ashes and the World T20. She retired from the game in February this year.
“I grew up loving the game and am grateful for all the opportunities that cricket has given me,” Blackwell said. “I want to continue contributing to the game and thank the Cricket NSW members for the faith they have placed in me to do that at Board level.
“I have been fortunate to play during a rapidly expanding era in women’s cricket and being the first woman elected to the cricket NSW board continues that journey. Cricket in Australia has never been watched or played by more people, particularly women and girls, and I am keen to help ensure that continues.”
Two other women – Patricia Forsythe (current director) and Rina Hore (former director) – have been part of the NSW board, but Blackwell is the first one to be elected. “Until 2016 Elected Directors could only be drawn from a pool of 34 club, Zone and association delegates, all but one of whom were male. Now members can nominate anyone for election they believe to be qualified. This important change allows members to elect people the calibre of Alex as directors without them needing to be delegates first,” Andrew Jones, the chief executive said.
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