Cricket NSW CEO David Gilbert has resigned after serving 11 years in the role.
Cricket NSW Chairman Dr Harry Harinath has paid tribute to Gilbert’s administration of the game. “David has overseen a period of tremendous growth and development for cricket throughout NSW. During his time in charge, participation in the game has increased by 130% and revenue has trebled. The percentage of NSW- originated players in Australia’s male and female Test teams are higher than at any time in the past 30 years. He is responsible for a number of important achievements that have benefited both those who play the game and those who watch. These include bringing international cricket to ANZ Stadium and extending our footprint throughout the key growth area of Western Sydney with the development of Blacktown International Sportspark. His management steered Cricket NSW through the GFC and has left us in a sound financial position. David has done an excellent job over a long period and his departure will be a great loss. We wish him well for the future.”
Gilbert said the time is right for him to step down. “After 11 successful years, I am now at the point where I am ready to take on a new challenge.” He emphasised that his decision had not been influenced by any media speculation. “This is not a sudden decision – it is something I have been contemplating over the past 12 months. As far as recent commentary is concerned, it comes with the job – and I’ve never shied away from it. The simple truth is that I’ve been in the role for much longer than most sports administrators could ever dream of. Now that the busiest period of the season has passed, I feel it is right to give the Board ample time and opportunity to search for my replacement.
I have enjoyed many memorable times in the role and it will be sad to leave behind a fantastic team of people who work for a great organisation. I wish them and the game of cricket in NSW the very best for the future.”
Gilbert will leave Cricket NSW on 31 January.