Earl Eddings has stepped down from the Cricket Australia chairman post. He did this just before 24 hours from Annual General Meeting. Eddings was facing excessive probe in recent days with states divided over his desire to serve a second term as a chairman. New South Wales and Queensland having already opposed his post as a Cricket Australia chairman. Regardless of opposition from New South Wales and Queensland still, Cricket Australia had released a statement on September 16, 2021, said, “The Board of Cricket Australia today announces its unanimous support of Earl Eddings for a second and final term as Chairman ahead of next month’s Annual General Meeting, in this meeting members will be asked to vote on his re-election as an independent director.” He had consented to appoint as a deputy chair. But he begin the procedure of keeping over the role before standing separately during his second term but that had not been enough to win over his critic. According to The Australian report, Western Australia had also withdrawn their support for Eddings, which left him with no option. then he could not have the minimum votes from six states to remain in the post as a chairman.
“It is my sincere hope that following my resignation the State and Territory associations can unite and work together in the best interests of cricket, allowing the focus to return to the sport ahead of the 2021-22 season,” Earl Eddings said in a statement after resignation. “It has been a privilege for me to work as chairman and director for Cricket Australia, he added.
Eddings had played a key role in the appointment of Nick Hockley as Cricket Australia’s CEO after the resignation of Kevin Roberts in 2020. Eddings appointed Hockley as interim CEO in June of 2020 but he was only formally supported as Roberts’ successor in May of 2021.