Mark Taylor has been elected as the Cricket New South Wales Independent representative on the Cricket Australia Board, taking the position currently being filled in an interim capacity by Dr David Dilley.
Taylor, will become the first Independent representative from New South Wales to sit on the Cricket Australia Board, in a move that required Cricket NSW to amend its own constitution. The change in Constitution provides Cricket NSW the flexibility to nominate a representative that may or may not be on the Cricket NSW Board.
A former NSW and Australian captain, Taylor joined the NSW Cricket Board shortly after his retirement from playing in 1999. In 2004, he was elected as one of three NSW representatives on the Cricket Australia Board.
Cricket New South Wales Chairman John Warn described the nomination of Taylor as the right move for Cricket: “I commend the Cricket NSW Board and delegates for having the foresight to amend the Constitution and make such a change as this will now allow us to move into a new generation of leadership and governance. I must also thank Dr David Dilley for the superb work he has done in recent months as our CA Board representative. I think that we are extremely lucky to be able to appoint someone of Mark Taylors standing. He has integrity , knowledge and standing in the cricket world and will be of tremendous value to both Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia. As a former State and Test captain, and someone who hails from country NSW, Mark will bring a unique and broad insight to the position and will provide outstanding leadership on the Cricket Australia Board.”
Mark Taylor was equally excited about the opportunity: “I am greatly appreciative of the fact that Cricket New South Wales have nominated me for the Cricket Australia Board. I am aware of the responsibility that the role carries and I look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board on behalf of Australian cricket. There is a tremendous amount of passion and pride for the game in this country and I know how important it is to the person in the street. I look forward to the challenge of being part of a Board that will look to continue to move Australian cricket forward.”
Mark Taylor played 100 First Class matches for NSW between 1985/86 and 1998/99. He is the State’s fourth leading run scorer with 6,997 at 41.40, including 17 centuries. Taylor also played 104 Tests for Australia between 1988 and 1999, scoring 7,525 runs at an average of 43.49, with a highest score of 334 not out. He has had close to 30 years continuous involvement with Cricket NSW as a player and administrator.