Lawyer David Maddocks has taken over as Cricket Victoria’s new chairman after Paul Barker failed in his bid to be re-elected on Monday night.
Barker’s latest three-year term as a CV director had expired, and he did not get enough support from the six elected directors – there are also three independents – to remain on the board. He had been chairman for two years.
The eight-member board, excluding Barker, then voted on a new chairman, with Maddocks – the former president of North Melbourne Cricket Club – claiming the top job. Fellow director Peter Williams had also expressed an interest in the key role.
Maddocks’ appointment is a win for Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings, who is also a former president of North Melbourne. The club later became the Greenvale Kangaroos.
While Eddings is no longer the Victorian delegate on the CA board, having had to become an independent nominee, Maddocks is likely to ensure Eddings has enough backing to guard against any potential moves by NSW and Queensland to either remove him or revamp the structure of the CA board.
Maddocks, a lawyer with Perry Maddocks Trollope Lawyers, has also been involved in the research of concussion in sport.
CV will now search for an independent director to replace Barker. Under Maddocks, the CV board is expected to keep a closer eye on CA’s finances after a winter of discontent when the state governing body made dramatic personnel cuts at the recommendation of CA. The CV board also wants the new chairman to have a greater public presence than his predecessor.
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.