Former Australia cricketer Mel Jones decides to step down from the Cricket Australia board in October to focus on her media and work commitments, particularly those in overseas.
Mel Jones to Step down From Cricket Australia Board
In 2019, Mel Jones joined the CA board as one of its nine directors and was the lone member with an experience of playing international cricket. Jones confirms that she will not stand up for re-election which in turn will help her in committing fully to her future work commitments.
“It has been an honour to serve for three years on the CA Board but my future work commitments, particularly given that I will be overseas for many months of the year, mean that I will not be able to devote the time required to fully support my fellow Board members after this year,” the former Australia batter said.
“Consequently I will not be standing for re-election and will complete my three-year term at the next AGM.
“I would like to thank the Chairs and Board members, Cricket Australia staff and committee members and wish all those involved in Australian Cricket every success as we embark on an exciting new strategy and build on the game’s great foundation for the future.
I am delighted, of course, to be able to continue my long-standing connection to cricket through my commentary, sporting and business interests and broad range of cricket relationships,” she added.
Cricket Australia Chair Lachlan Henderson thanked Jones for her service and contribution on the Australian Cricket Board.
“Mel has been an outstanding member of our Board and her unique perspective and insights have been invaluable as we have set the strategy to ensure the continuing future health of the game,” Cricket Australia Chair Lachlan Henderson said.
“Mel has made an enormous contribution to cricket through her playing days and subsequent involvement in coaching, commentary and work in the community, and will continue to do so. We look forward to formally recognising Mel’s contribution on the CA Board at the AGM in October,” he stated further.
Jones, who made her ODI debut in 1997, went on to play 61 ODIs for her country scoring 1028 runs. Notably, she was a part of two Australian squads that lifted the 50-over World Cup trophy in 1997 and 2005 respectively.
Jones went on to represent Australia in five Test matches and scored 251 runs at an average of 35.85.