Cricket is a very popular bat and ball
team sport in Australia, first documented game of which was
played in southern England in the 16th century.
It became so
popular that it was made the national sport of England by
the turn of the 18th century.
Cricket was thereafter played
in overseas as well, which was spread wide with the help of
the British Empire expansion during the middle of the 19th
Today, the exciting cricket sport is being enjoyed
by over 100 countries all over the world.
In Australia, they have a custodian of
the cricket game for a better management and monitoring of
its every development and contribution in the country’s
This custodian is none other than the
Cricket Australia, which consists of six member cricket
associations namely, Cricket New South Wales; Cricket
Victoria; Queensland Cricket; South Australian Cricket
Association; Tasmanian Cricket Association; and Western
Australian Cricket Association.
The sports custodian is headed by 14 board of directors, who
are appointed by each of the mentioned member associations.
The distribution of authority among these member
associations are as follows: three directors from New South
Wales; three from Victoria, two from Queensland; another
three from South Australia; one from Tasmania; and the last
two from Western Australia. These board of directors focus
on the strategy in the governance of the game.
Also, Cricket Australia is supervised
by a Senior Management Team with an estimated 60 personnel
working full time. A
Chief Executive Officer leads this management team and
answers to Board of Directors for any and all responsibility
for the overall function and maintenance of the game. He is
responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan and
management of the sports custodian’s operations.
Australia, with its vast scope, also maintains six other
departments than the Executive Department to which the CEO
and the Directors belong. Other departments include the
Marketing Team, which drives and consolidate revenue-raising
and prospective business activities for the Australian
The Operations Team,
which manages all the Australian teams especially at
international level, facilitates the country’s
premier domestic competitions, including the Pura
Cup and the ING Cup and supervises all umpiring;
Finance and Business team, which is responsible for
all operating expenses and monetary-related matters;
the Game Development Team, which supervises all
development activities of the cricket game, from the
grassroots level up to its highest; the Legal and
Business Affairs Team, which takes care of all the
legal matters and aids the organization in
formulation and implementation of business
Lastly, the Public Affairs Team,
which is responsible for the planning and
implementation of Cricket Australia’s communication
programs, making sure that every stockholder is up
to date about the game.
Given all the
organization’s efforts in all aspects of the game, from
being a simple sport to the complexities of it as a
business, it is so evident that Cricket Australia is serious
about the game. It gives importance to the rights of every
Australian player to an active independent organization that
would take care of them.