Cricket Australia (CA), formerly known as the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia. It was originally formed in 1905 as the "Australian Board of Control for International Cricket". It is incorporated as an Australian Public Company, limited by guarantee.
Cricket Australia operates all of the Australian national representative cricket sides, including the Australian cricket team, the Australia national women's cricket team and youth sides as well. CA is also responsible for organising and hosting Test tours and one day internationals with other nations, and scheduling the home international fixtures.
Cricket Australia is an administrative organisation responsible for cricket in Australia. Cricket Australia has six member organisations that represent each of the Australian states. These organisations are:New South Wales – Cricket NSW
Queensland – Queensland Cricket
South Australia – South Australian Cricket Association
Tasmania – Tasmanian Cricket Association
Victoria – Cricket Victoria
Western Australia – Western Australian Cricket Association
Cricket ACT and Northern Territory Cricket are non-member associations, although the ACT participates in Cricket Australia tournaments such as the Women's National Cricket League and the Futures League, and previously briefly also competed in the domestic limited-overs competition.
Cricket Australia is governed by eight independent directors, who work collectively in the national interest of Australian cricket. The chief executive officer reports to the board of directors.
Each of the state cricket associations that are members of Cricket Australia also selects a representative side to participate in Australia's major domestic cricket tournaments.
Cricket Australia also maintains a healthy but independent association with the Australian Cricketers' Association to provide proper player's rights and welfare requirements.
The first centralised authority for the administration of cricket in Australia was established in 1892 when representatives from the state associations of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria came together to establish the Australasian Cricket Council. However the Australasian Cricket Council was disbanded in 1898, and what is now known as Cricket Australia was established in 1905 as the "Australian Board of Control for International Cricket". Before its establishment, tours by Australian teams to England were organised and funded by private groups or by the players themselves. Similarly invitations to English teams were made by private promoters or by individual clubs, such as the Melbourne Cricket Club. The predecessor organisation, the Australasian Cricket Council, had existed from 1892 to 1898 but was ineffective due to a lack of funding. Its one lasting action was to establish the Sheffield Shield, the first-class cricket competition between the Australian colonies.
These early tours were lucrative for the players and promoters and cricket administrators looked to find ways to channel some of this money to the destitute clubs, through the state associations. Formal discussions began in January 1905 in Sydney for the formation of a body to take control of tours from the players. A draft constitution was discussed by members of the New South Wales, Victoria, South Australian and Queensland associations. The first meeting of the new board was held at Wesley College in Melbourne on 6 May 1905.
The foundation members were the New South Wales Cricket Association and the Victorian Cricket Association. South Australia's delegates refused to join the Board because the Board structure denied the players any representation. The Queensland Cricket Association was represented as an observer only.
Queensland did decide to formally join the association with one delegate member the following year, and the constitution was amended in 1906, so that New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria would each have three permanent representatives, and Queensland one representative. In 1907 Tasmania was also permitted to send a single representative, and Western Australia did likewise in 1913. Changes to this structure were made in 1914 and 1974 respectively, when Queensland and Western Australia formally increased their representation to two each.
Cricket Australia has had three different names since its foundation. They are:Australian Board of Control for International Cricket (1905–1973)
Australian Cricket Board (1973–2003)
Cricket Australia (2003 – present)
The organisation's revenue was A$380.9 million in the year ended 30 June 2015, with a net surplus of $99 million largely attributed to the success of co-hosting the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
As well as responsibility for Australian international sides, Cricket Australia organises domestic inter-state cricket in Australia, including the three premier competitions in each of the major forms of the game. These are the Sheffield Shield in first-class cricket, the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, which is the domestic one-day competition, and the KFC Big Bash League, which is the domestic Twenty20 competition.
Cricket Australia's competitions:Sheffield Shield
Matador BBQs One Day Cup
Big Bash League
Futures League (Second XI)
Women's National Cricket League
Women's Big Bash League
Cricket Australia also runs the Under 19 and Under 17 Male Championships, the Under 18 and Under 15 Female National Championships, the National Indigenous Cricket Championships and the National Cricket Inclusion Championships.
Cricket Australia also provides awards for various categories of players, including Test Players of the Year, One Day Players of the Year, Bradman Young Players of the Year, State Cricket Players of the Year, Women International Cricket Players of the Year and the Allan Border Medal for the overall best Australian cricketer of the year.
Cricket Australia also honours players for exceptional service to the game of cricket in Australia by annually adding former players of great distinction to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Richard Teece: 1892–1893
Richard Best: 1893–1895
Mostyn Evan: 1895–1896; 1910–1911
John Gibson: 1896–1897
Will Whitridge: 1897–1900
Lawrence Adamson: 1905–1906
Ernie Bean: 1906–1907; 1912–1913
George Barbour: 1907–1908
George Foxton: 1908–1910
Charles Eady: 1911
William McElhone: 1911–1912
James Allen: 1913–1914
Harry Blinman: 1914–1919
Harold Bushby: 1919; 1925–1926
Harry Gregory: 1919–1920; 1922–1923; 1926–1927
Harry Rush: 1920–1922
John Hutcheon: 1923–1924
Bernard Scrymgour: 1924–1925
Aubrey Oxlade: 1927–1930; 1933–1936; 1945–1948; 1951–1952
Dr Allen Robertson: 1930–1933; 1936–1945; 1948–1951
Roy Middleton: 1952–1955
Frank Cush: 1955–1957
Bill Dowling: 1957–1960
Sir Donald Bradman: 1960–1963; 1969–1972
Ewart Macmillan: 1963–1966
Bob Parish: 1966–1969; 1975–1978
Tim Caldwell: 1972–1975
Phil Ridings: 1980–1983
Fred Bennett: 1983–1986
Malcolm Gray: 1986–1989
Colin Egar: 1989–1992
Alan Crompton: 1992–1995
Denis Rogers: 1995–2001
Robert Merriman: 2001–2005
Creagh O'Connor: 2005 – 2008
Jack Clarke: 2008 – 2011
Wally Edwards: 2011 – 2015
David Peever: 2015 – present
John Portus: 1892–1896
John Creswell: 1896–1900
William McElhone: 1905–1910
Colin Sinclair: 1910–1911
Sydney Smith: 1911–1927
William Jeanes: 1927–1954
Jack Ledward: 1954–1960
Alan Barnes: 1960–1980
David Richards: 1980–1993
Graham Halbish: 1993–1997
Malcolm Speed: 1997–2001
James Sutherland: 2001–present
The National Selection Panel is the part of Cricket Australia responsible for team selections for each of the Australian national sides in every form of cricket.
The current four-man panel for the Australian men's sides are: Trevor Hohns (interim chairman), Darren Lehmann, Mark Waugh and Greg Chappell (interim selector)..
The current four-person panel for the Australia women’s sides are: Shawn Flegler, Matthew Mott (head coach), Avril Fahey and Julie Hayes.
Cricket Australia is governed by eight independent directors, who work collectively in the national interest of Australian cricket.
The chief executive officer reports to the board of directors. The current board members are:David Peever (Chairman)
Dr Bob Avery
Mark Taylor AO
Last update: 12 October 2016