April 3, 2000

Barry Shepherd OAM retires

The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) today announced that Barry Shepherd OAM had retired as an ACB Director.

Mr Shepherd was appointed an ACB Director in 1988 and during his 12-year stint served on the ACB Executive, Interstate Cricket and Umpires Appointment committees.

Mr Shepherd's long and dedicated career in cricket administration began in 1979 when he was elected to the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Executive Committee. He was awarded Life Membership of the WACA in 1985.

Shepherd's playing career was also impressive. He played nine Tests for Australia and 87 games for Western Australia (35 as captain) in a career that spanned from 1955 to 1965. He retired at age 28 to pursue a career in commerce.

Of the Test players who have gone on to become ACB Directors, only Sir Donald Bradman has served longer than Mr Shepherd.

ACB Chairman Denis Rogers said: "Mr Shepherd has made a significant contribution to the game as a player and an administrator. He has been an asset to the ACB and his service has been greatly appreciated."

The WACA will nominate a replacement ACB Director for Mr Shepherd in due course.