CEO Christina Matthews resigns from WA cricket after 12 years

Christina Matthews
Christina Matthews (image: Perth Scorchers)

After serving as chief executive for WA for 12 years, the former cricketer Christina Matthews has decided to step down from the position.

Christina Matthews resigns from WA cricket 

Christina Matthews, one the cricket’s most successful administrators has stepped down from Western Australia Cricket’s chief executive. Matthew revealed on Wednesday her decision to finish up as CEO at the end of the ongoing season.

With BBL 2023 set to start from December 07, her retirement announcement has stunned the cricket world in Australia

Under the 63-year-old former Australia cricketer leadership, WA has had 14 titles in men’s and women’s categories during her tenure, out of which 31 players have graduated to national teams.

During her announcement, “This decision has not come easily, but it is the right time for me to close this chapter,” said Matthews. “That said, I have been connected to cricket for over 50 years and look forward to enjoying the game I love in new ways.

“I also love my adopted home of Perth and am a proud Western Australian. My first port of call will be to take a break and experience what our great state has to offer.”

She has played 20 Tests and 47 ODIs for Australia between 1984 and 1995. Matthews replaced Graeme Wood as Cricket chief in December 2011 and served her duties in sports administration in cricket, hockey, and football in Australia.

She appointed Langer and Oliver who served Perth Scorchers to become the impressive team in BBL by winning titles five times.

The Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley opened his view on Matthew’s announcement.

“Christina leaves an immense legacy for cricket including the $163.4 million WACA Ground redevelopment, while her passion for participation and inclusion through the WA Cricket Foundation has created opportunities for thousands of people of all abilities and backgrounds to play our game,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said.

“At the same time, Western Australia’s teams have thrived with the Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup, and the BBL’s Perth Scorchers teams winning historic back-to-back titles last season, while Christina’s investment in cricket for women and girls has created outstanding results at community and elite level.

“On behalf of everyone in Australian Cricket, thank you Christina for your inspirational leadership and service and we look forward to your ongoing involvement in cricket.”

Matthew’s final day will be March 28 and Western Australia is searching for a replacement. The BBL 2023 is scheduled to start on December 07 at The Gabba.