New Zealand cricket gets its first woman president

In a historic moment, Debbie Hockley, the former national Women’s team captain and an International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Famer, has been elected as the first female president of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in its 122-year history.

Nominated for the position by Canterbury Cricket, Hockley’s three-year appointment was confirmed during the board’s Annual General Meeting in Christchurch on Wednesday (November 16). The 54-year-old replaces outgoing president Stephen Boock.

In a cricketing career spanning close to 21 years, Hockley has represented the New Zealand women’s team in 19 Tests and 118 One Day Internationals and has scored in excess of 5000 runs in both formats put together.

During the Annual Meeting, Ingrid Cronin-Knight, another former New Zealand Women’s team player, was elected as director. The 39-year-old Cronin-Knight had played three ODIs for the New Zealand Women’s team in 2008.

Cronin-Knight replaces Stuart Heal, who stepped down after serving on the board for a period of eight years, including in a capacity as chairman for the last three years. She has management experience in various fields and is currently serving an internship on the board of Watercare NZ.

Following the AGM, the first meeting of the board was held soon after during which Greg Barclay was elected the NZC chairman. Barclay, who is an Auckland-based commercial lawyer, has served as a director of NZC since 2012 and was also a director of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.