Following her debut for Australia in 2003, Blackwell has gone on to have one of the most decorated careers in the game.
Representing Australia an incredible 251 times, Blackwell has been an instrumental part of NSW and Australian success throughout her career.
“Alex’s career is what many young players would dream of,” Nicholson said.
“World Cups in 20 and 50 over formats, State and WBBL titles and of course multiple Ashes series victories.
“Whether she was Captain or Vice-Captain, Alex was always a leader amongst her peers.
“And it is because of people like Alex that the next generation of young female cricketers can forge a professional career in the game.”
Alongside a highly-decorated on-field career, Blackwell’s strong voice for diversity and inclusion will leave a lasting impression on the sport.
“Alex has been a long-time supporter of the ACA, and an instrumental part in helping secure the first gender-neutral MOU.
“Her stance on marriage and gender equality is well known and we applaud the way in which she has helped shaped the narrative over recent years.
“Alex was a long-term delegate of the ACA and we know she will continue to be an advocate for all future players coming through the system,” Nicholson said.
Blackwell will continue playing domestic T20 cricket including for the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL.