Cricket NSW offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the former Chair of the NSW Cricket Association [now Cricket NSW], Alan Crompton OAM.

Mr Crompton – who served as the NSW Cricket Association’s Chair from 1988-1997, and then as Chair of the Australian Cricket Board [now Cricket Australia] from 1992-1995 - passed away on Wednesday aged 81.

He is remembered as an administrator who served the sport for 60 years with a “generous heart and with graciousness” as he held numerous positions across local, state, and Australian cricket.

His long involvement with Sydney University Cricket Club [SUCC], which started in 1961, included his being the honorary secretary of the club, a vice president, a Trustee of the SUCC Foundation, a delegate to CNSW, President of the club for 22 years and its Patron for another 20 years until 2020.

A key to Mr Crompton’s success as an administrator was his diligence, intelligence, attention to detail, and deep love for the sport. As Chair for NSW, and then Australia, he helped oversee the sport as it set benchmarks for rapid growth and success.

He left his mark on Sydney Grade Cricket as an outstanding first grade cricketer from 1958-1983, scoring 7266 runs and taking over 350 dismissals across all grades as a wicketkeeper for the Waverley and Sydney University clubs.

Mr Crompton was the manager of three touring Australian Test teams, and he left a deep impression on the players with his concern for their welfare and the wholehearted support he provided them.

He was manager of the 1986 Australian team which toured India and featured in cricket’s historic [second] tied Test at Madras.

The crowd went crazy,” recalled Crompton when asked about the match. “For some strange reason I looked at my watch — it was 5.19pm. I, along with the Australian players, Errol [Alcott] and Bob Simpson ran onto the field. All of us knew it was a tie . . .”

While his purpose was to simply do his best by cricket, Mr Crompton was honoured for his service to the sport with the Order of Australia, and life membership of Cricket NSW and the Sydney University Cricket Club.

Ed Cowan, CNSW Board Director, who represented Australia, NSW, Tasmania, and Sydney University Cricket Club said of Mr Crompton’s passing: “Alan was the definition of what it means to create a legacy in the game. Someone who gave more to the game than he expected in return. His impact will never be forgotten right through from the ranks of the Australian Test team to his beloved Sydney University Cricket Club. 

James Rodgers, Alan’s successor as Patron of the Sydney University Cricket Club, said: “Alan was always gracious and unfailingly helpful and polite. Devoted to our club and our players, he looked after a club where generosity and self-sacrifice and friendships mixed with fun and enjoyment are enduring values because of his example.”

Hartley Anderson, former Sydney University, Northern District player and current SUCC board member wrote: "Alan exhibited the qualities of loyalty to the club, team, and fellow players. He was enthusiastic and always contributed to the effort. Above all he enjoyed playing, serving and working for the game. Vale Alan Crompton OAM."

Adam Theobald, Chairman Sydney University Cricket Club said: “We have all lost one of the finest gentlemen and administrators the game has known. The entire SUCC community sends their sympathy and thoughts to Alan’s wife Gabby and all the family.”

John Knox, Chair of Cricket NSW, said of Mr Crompton and his place in cricket: “Alan will be remembered as a great servant of cricket, and as an administrator who displayed an indefatigable work ethic and passion to ensure the game thrived.

“He has left an enduring legacy as someone who brought a tremendous energy and valued expertise to the [now] Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia boardrooms.

“Our thoughts and sympathy are with Alan’s wife Gabby, his family, and those who enjoyed his friendship and guidance over the years.”