Former New South Wales premier Mike Baird will take over as chairman of Cricket Australia after Lachlan Henderson decided to step down due to “work commitments” on Sunday.
Henderson said he has been unable to devote time to the top job because of his recent appointment as CEO of HBF, which provides health insurance in Perth.
“The new role I have taken on in my home city of Perth will make it difficult to commit the necessary time as chairman, so I have decided the time is right to hand over the role,” Henderson was quoted as saying by cricket.com. .au.
Henderson took over from interim president Richard Friedenstein in February this year following the resignation of Earl Eddings.
Baird, a current board member, has received unanimous support from fellow CA directors and state presidents to take over next February, making him the fourth president in less than 18 months.
Baird, 54, served as NSW premier from 2014 to 2017 and joined the CA board in 2020.
Baird will face a number of challenges next year, including a new TV rights deal and a pay settlement with the players.
“Lachlan (Henderson) has made a great contribution as chairman and I am delighted that he will continue to provide his business and cricketing expertise on the CA board,” he added.
“It is an honor to play such an important role in Australian cricket at a time when so much exciting work is being done to develop and take our national game forward.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work even more closely with CEO Nick Hockley and his team and everyone who works with Australian Cricket.”
Henderson’s announcement comes just days after David Warner decided to withdraw his bid to have his leadership ban lifted.
During his short tenure, Henderson oversaw some significant developments, including the promotion of Andrew McDonald as Australia’s head coach following the abrupt exit of Justin Langer.