Cricket NSW Chairman John Knox paid tribute to Mark Taylor for decades of service to the game following his resignation from the Cricket Australia Board today.

“Mark Taylor has been a permanent fixture in NSW cricket since his first Sheffield Shield game in 1985,” Mr Knox said.

“From the time Mark pulled on the Baggy Blue cap he displayed a passion and understanding of the game which saw him become one of NSW and Australian cricket’s foremost players and captains.

“In the same year that he retired as a player during 1999 he was appointed to the Board of Cricket NSW, bringing his much-admired leadership qualities and valuable insights into the board room.

“Mark continued to give back to the game by becoming a Cricket Australia Board member and for a time performed both roles before stepping down as a CNSW Director during the 2011-12 season.

“He was the longest serving current member on the Cricket Australia Board, with his resignation today ending 13 years of service.

“Through his time as a player, captain and Board member for both NSW and Australia, Mark has always put the best interests of the game first.

“He is a shining example of how important country cricket is to NSW, having grown up playing in Wagga Wagga.

“Mark never lost that warm and straightforward country approach which made him so accessible to cricket people around the country and around the world.

“He has made an enormous contribution to the game on and off the field and will be sadly missed in cricket administration.

“However Mark will continue to be part of cricket’s fabric through his media commitments.

“On behalf of the Board, staff and players of Cricket NSW we thank him for all he has done in the service of cricket and wish him and his family well in the future.”