Former Australian and Lendlease Breakers captain Alex Blackwell has become the first woman in the 159-year history of NSW cricket to be elected to the board.

Ms Blackwell was formally endorsed at a recent Ordinary General Meeting of Cricket NSW members.

While Cricket NSW has had two women serve on our Board as Appointed Directors, former Director Rina Hore and current Director The Hon Patricia Forsythe, Ms Blackwell is the first woman to be elected directly by our members.

Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones thanked the members for choosing such a highly credentialed candidate and congratulated Ms Blackwell on her elevation.

“Alex is Australia’s most capped female player, a storied NSW and Australian captain and the winner of no fewer than 22 international and domestic titles,” Mr Jones said.

“She is a brilliant leader and will be an outstanding Director.

“Alex’s election shows the value of recent governance reforms at Cricket NSW.

“Male and female cricket was run separately in NSW until integration in 2004. And until 2016 Elected Directors could only be drawn from a pool of 34 club, Zone and association delegates, all but one of whom were male.

“Now members can nominate anyone for election they believe to be qualified. This important change allows members to elect people the calibre of Alex as Directors without them needing to be delegates first.

“Cricket NSW is now well placed to attract well-qualified past players and other highly-skilled friends of cricket to make a significant contribution at board level.”

Ms Blackwell said she was delighted to be given the opportunity of continuing to make a major contribution to cricket off the field.

“I grew up loving the game and am grateful for all the opportunities that cricket has given me,” she said.

“I want to continue contributing to the game and thank the Cricket NSW members for the faith they have placed in me to do that at Board level.

“I have been fortunate to play during a rapidly expanding era in women’s cricket and being the first woman elected to the Cricket NSW board continues that journey.

“Cricket in Australia has never been watched or played by more people, particularly women and girls, and I am keen to help ensure that continues.

Ms Blackwell retired as a NSW and Australian player at the end of last season but will continue to play for Sydney Thunder next summer.