On behalf of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, I would like to acknowledge Earl Eddings for his contribution to Australian cricket as Chair of Cricket Australia and as a Director for more than 13 years. He has been a tireless servant of the game during that time.
Earl has overseen the creation of a much stronger relationship between the governing body and the ACA. That relationship has seen great progress in women’s cricket in particular, including the co-creation of a ground-breaking gender pay equity model which was introduced as part of the current MOU.
During Earl's time as Chair and in response to the Longstaff Report, we've seen the formation of the Australian Cricket Council which has the potential to drive genuine and much-needed improvements in the game’s governance.
However, yet another change in the senior leadership of the game is symptomatic of the need for review and overhaul of governance structures, stakeholder representations and accountabilities – something recommended by the Carter-Crawford review in 2011, but flawed in the execution and evident in the outcomes since. While some progress has been made, it is clear the current model is flawed and requires a thorough review.
Cricket’s long-term success requires honest engagement between all of the game’s partners. The ACA thanks Earl for helping us take important early steps in that direction.