Australia news May 24, 2013

New South Wales name new CEO

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Jones, the former Cricket Australia head of strategy, has been named as the new chief executive of Cricket New South Wales. Jones will take up the role vacated by David Gilbert, who spent 11 years in the position before resigning in January amid instability at the organisation and calls for his sacking from Brett Lee.

Jones, 40, is president of the University of New South Wales Cricket Club and a former player for the team, and he joined Cricket Australia in 2010 having consulted for them since 2004. At Cricket Australia he managed the Argus review and the development of the Strategy For Australian Cricket 2011-15 project.

"I am excited and humbled in equal measure to be asked to lead Cricket New South Wales," Jones said. "I was never a first-class cricketer, but I am aiming to provide the first-class leadership the fans, players, past players, volunteers, country colleagues, staff and board in this state expect.

"When New South Wales cricket is strong, Australian cricket is strong and it is my aim to return this state to its rightful position as a leader of Australian cricket. To achieve that we will need to harness the great depth of experience and passion we have throughout the state. With everyone working together I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead."

Jones has previously served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Centaurus Partners. John Warn, the Cricket New South wales chairman, said Jones was a good fit for the role.

"The board is extremely happy to have found a candidate with the all-round credentials of Andrew Jones," Warn said. "When we started the process of seeking a new chief executive, the absolute priority was finding the individual who had the right balance of business and cricketing backgrounds.

"Andrew is someone who understands business, has consulted to CNSW at various times and has worked closely with the board of Cricket Australia in his previous role. He is also connected at grass-roots level, as the current president of the University of New South Wales Cricket Club, and has a tremendous passion for the game of cricket and a strong sense of the history and traditions of cricket within this state. I am thrilled that he is going to be joining us."

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  • Andrew on May 28, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @Chris_Howard on (May 26, 2013, 9:55 GMT) - I think the problem that Batmanian was referring to, was the amount of cricketers of late who have had to leave he state to better their careers. Look at Robson of Middlesex, I also think Sam Hain falls into the same category. Kurtis Patterson has disappeared of the radar (know his grade form tanked a bit), then there is Khawaja & Hughes.Hopefully this will be fixed with a bit of tinkering. @John Baker - it should be up to NSW, as it is the powerhouse of Oz cricket. When things are working well in NSW, the national team is usually in good shape. 2 of the 5 other states are importers of talent (SA & Tas). QLD gets overlooked & WA & Vic are losing talent to AFL! (Also, I remember Lismore (Oakes Oval), got a Shield match back in the days of Mark Waugh).

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @Metro-ant NSW played at Blacktown, Bankstown and Canberra last season. They always try to take at least one Shield game and a ODD game to a regional centre.

    @Batmanian there are 5 other states, surely it can't all be left to NSW?

  • Chris on May 26, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    @Batmanian, NSW had nine players in the last Test in India! They must be doing something better than the other states.

    @Metro-ant You raise a good point - CA should schedule a lot more Shield games outside the metro areas. I think country people would support it. As you suggest, the crowds couldn't be any worse.

  • Pete on May 25, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    From a cricketing point of view, NSW has been failing to develop young batsmen since, well, Clarke. That's how they can help Australian cricket; spot some talent young, coach it in the direction of Test functionality and back it.

  • Tony on May 24, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @GWSyd, well said! A lot of these ex cricketers that take these positions in the past have had that approach. In some ways it's almost like a revolutionary approach which simply doesn't work. I just wish that he promotes playing some shield games at the Hurstville Oval or Drummoyne or even to the regional parts of the state to emphasize the point that this is the New South Wales cricket team not the Sydney and surrounding suburbs Blues! After all, it's not like the crowds are spectacular for shield games at the SCG!

  • Jeff on May 24, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Seems like a good appointment - smart, qualified, knows the system but isn't a former first-class player so won't have the " my day" approach. Best of luck.

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