Mel Jones
Mel Jones. Image: Wikipedia

Last Update on: August 12th, 2022 at 11:01 am

Mel Jones will leave Cricket Australia’s board of directors in October to focus on her media as well as other work responsibilities.

Jones has been one of nine board directors since December 2019, as well as works as a cricket commentator in Australia and internationally, primarily for Sky Sports in England.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia. Image: Twitter

She also works with the Victorian Government’s Change Our Game project to promote female leadership and involvement in sport as an advocate for inclusiveness.

Jones, who participated in 61 ODIs and five Test matches, said she would be able to concentrate on her job abroad in 2019 if she decided not to run for re-election to the CA board.

It has been a privilege to serve on the CA board for three years” she remarked. “However, I will not be able to devote the time necessary to fully assist my fellow board members after this year due to my upcoming business obligations, especially because I will be traveling abroad for a significant portion of the year.”

Mel Jones
Mel Jones. Image: Twitter

“I am thrilled to be able to maintain my long-standing connection to cricket through my commentary, my sports and professional activities, and my wide range of cricket friends, of course.”

‘Mel Jones had been an outstanding board member’: Lachlan Henderson

Lachlan Henderson, the CA chair, praised Jones for being an “excellent” board member.

“As we developed the plan to assure the game’s long-term viability, “her unique perspective and insights have been helpful,” he remarked. At the AGM in October, “We look forward to publicly recognizing Mel’s contribution on the CA board.”

The only member of the board with international playing experience was Jones. Greg Rowell, a fellow board member, played varsity cricket.

Mel Jones played 61 ODIs for her country, scoring 1028 runs. She made her ODI debut in 1997. Additionally, she was a member of the 1997 and 2005 50-over World Cup-winning Australian teams. Additionally, Mel Jones played for Australia in five Test matches, scoring 251 runs overall with an average of 35.85.

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