Former NSW Blues opening batsman and Premier Cricket record holder Greg Mail has been appointed to the newly created Head of Cricket position at Cricket NSW.
A former Blues selector Mail, 42, had a long, successful cricket career in NSW, playing 72 first-class matches. He also compiled a record 15,242 runs in 366 First Grade matches.
Under the new Cricket NSW structure Mail will oversee all aspects of male and female cricket development and performance to re-position and lead Cricket NSW’s cricket high performance capability.
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said Mail had been chosen following a thorough and exhaustive recruitment process with high quality candidates both locally and from overseas.
“Greg brings an exciting mix of a strong cricket & cricket leadership background, intimate knowledge of the NSW setup and detailed strategic and analysis skills from his experience in the corporate world,” Mr Germon said.
“The ideas and problem-solving skills he presented during the interview process were most impressive.
“While Cricket NSW is taking a cautious approach to hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic given the profound impact it is having on professional sport across Australia and around the world, the Head of Cricket role is vital to NSW continuing as a major contributor in Australian Cricket.
“The role will be the centrepiece for Cricket in NSW, and its very success will assist in growing participation and inspiring the next generation of cricket players and fans.
“The restructuring of our Cricket Performance department comes from a position of strength, with the Blues claiming the Sheffield Shield title, the Breakers playing in a 24th consecutive Women's National Cricket League Final, and NSW teams performing strongly at all underaged National Championship levels.
“The Sydney Sixers claimed their second Big Bash League title and the Sydney Thunder finished third.
“Six NSW male players and three female players were announced in national contract lists by Cricket Australia this week.”
Mail said he was excited by the new role.
“I’m really looking forward to rejoining Cricket NSW, it’s been a big part of my life,” Mail said.
“I’m looking forward to working with Lee and the off-field team to continue the great tradition of NSW success. This is a great opportunity to set our state up for the long term in male and female cricket.”
Cricket NSW recently appointed former Australian batter and a four-time Belinda Clark Medal winner with the NSW Breakers, Leah Poulton as Head of Female Cricket.
In her new role, Poulton will report to Mail.
In all, Mail played 72 first-class matches for New South Wales from 1999/00 to 2008/09, scoring 4,085 runs at 32.16, with nine centuries and 19 half-centuries, and a top score of 176.
In 366 First Grade matches he has scored a record 15,242 runs at 46.32 with a record 44 centuries, eight more than the next best, Victor Trumper, Warren Bardsley and Bob Simpson.