At a meeting of the Cricket New South Wales Board 5 February, Dr Harry Harinath stepped down from his role as Chairman. Dr Harinath will retain his role as a Board Director of Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia, but will hand over the Chairman’s position to fellow Board Director John Warn.
Dr Harinath, a Director on the NSW Cricket Board since 2000 and its Chairman since May 2008 and also a Director of the Cricket Australia Board, has been a driving force behind the many initiatives introduced by Cricket NSW in recent years. He has been particularly involved in facility upgrade projects across the State, negotiating grants worth millions of dollars to assist clubs.
Dr Harinath was also heavily involved in the development of the Cricket NSW state-of-the-art playing and training facility at Blacktown International Sportspark, in addition to the multi-million dollar upgrade of Drummoyne Oval, which will enable it to host sporting fixtures at the elite level on a regular basis in the future. In more recent times he has heavily promoted cricket within multi-cultural groups and has worked closely with the ACT Government to take NSW SpeedBlitz Blues home matches to Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Dr Harinath originally became involved in cricket administration when appointed the Doctor to the Balmain District Cricket Club in 1979. He ultimately became the Club’s President, overseeing its transition to be renamed the Sydney Cricket Club in 2007.
Dr Harinath was awarded the OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2009.
Dr Harinath said that he felt honoured to have been part of the development of cricket within the State: “ I step down as Chairman of the Cricket New South Wales Board, knowing what an incredible honour it has been to have been involved with such a great State. It felt like the right time to make the decision and to give the organisation the chance to look to the future. It has been a humbling experience to have been part of so many positive developments in recent years and I leave the role knowing that Cricket New South Wales is in a strong position to move forward. I am also confident in the knowledge that John will bring a strong commercial background, excellent cricket administration skills and a new energy to the role.”
Board member John Warn will take over as Chairman. Warn, a former 1st grade cricketer and administrator with the Manly-Warringah District Cricket Club and current Chairman of the Sydney Cricket Association, is a Senior Executive with Westfield Ltd. Warn understands the challenges that lie ahead: “It is extremely humbling to take on the role of Chairman of the Cricket New South Wales Board. I am extremely honoured, but also aware of the responsibility the role carries, and I will be looking to work with the board, and most importantly the various key stakeholders that all want to see NSW become the premier state in Australian cricket once again . This will include engaging closely with our ex-players around the State, and both Sydney and Country cricket , both as vital as the other to improve our organisation. I know it is a challenge that everyone is looking forward to working on.”