Mel Jones to step down from Cricket Australia, wants to focus on overseas commitments

The 50-year-old wants to focus more on her international commitments.

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Former Australia International, Mel Jones, is all set to step down as one of the directors of Cricket Australia. The 50-year-old wants to focus more on her international commitments and thus will not be able to give much of her time to the board.

Jones joined the Board of Directors in the year 2019. She is one of the nine directors and the only one with prior experience of playing international cricket. She will leave her office in the month of October as the former cricketer has decided not to stand for re-election.

Citing her reasons for international work commitments, Jones said, “My future work commitments, particularly given that I will be overseas for many months of the year, mean that I will not be able to devote the time required to fully support my fellow board members after this year.”

Jones is known for her commentary skills in the cricketing world. She always remains an integral part of ICC’s commentary panel in any event of theirs. With multiple World Championships coming up and women’s cricket set to begin in full swing, Mel’s responsibilities as a media personnel will not help her concentrate on other works.

“I am delighted, of course, to be able to continue my long-standing connection to cricket through my commentary, sporting and business interests and a broad range of cricket relationships,” said the 50-year-old.

CA chairman Lachlan Henderson thanked Jones for her invaluable contribution

Jones, who played 5 Tests and 61 ODIs for Australia, was an ‘outstanding’ member according to the chairman of Cricket Australia. Thanking her for her ‘invaluable’ service, he announced to formally recognise her contribution in the next AGM meeting, which is scheduled to happen in the month of October.

“Her unique perspective and insights have been invaluable as we have set the strategy to ensure the continuing future health of the game. We look forward to formally recognising Mel’s contribution to the CA board at the AGM in October,” he said to the media.