ICC announces leadership programme for future female leaders in the world of cricket

With Women cricket emerging and developing every day, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a mentorship programme for all the future females willing to play cricket. The first batch for the following programme starts from April 19th to May 23rd, 2021.

The desired programme will conduct administration, coaching and officiating, broadcast journalism accompanied by digital, marketing and technology and events.

On this, the ICC chairman, Gary Barclay mentioned cricket as a sport for all and should not be held back and thus the programme is necessary and should bring a change globally.

” This is a practical approach towards solving the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in our sport to enable us to build a strong pipeline of future female leaders and ultimately inspire more women to take up roles in cricket.” Gary Barclay added.

The programme will last for a time period of six months and will launch with a workshop with Belinda Clark, added with monthly check-ins between the mentees and the mentors. The application will be open to all the females who are aspiring to create a future in Cricket.

Belinda Clark stated that her 20 years of experience with the leaders in the cricketing world has been fantastic and she is happy about how these leaders are willingly helping females to start the journey of their own.

Belinda added, “We have made great progress, but cricket understands it has a big responsibility to be more inclusive across all areas of the sport. The breadth of this program is unique – not only covering the areas of administration, coaching, officiating, governance, broadcast, digital but also matching people across borders to make it a truly global experience. I applaud the ICC for undertaking this program to facilitate greater diversity in all areas of the game. I encourage emerging female leaders involved in cricket to think about this unique opportunity and submit an application to be involved.”

Here is a look at the list of the confirmed mentors who will be guiding the first batch of the programme.

  1. Greg Barclay, Chair, ICC
  2. Wasim Khan, CEO, PCB
  3. Andrea Nelson, CEO, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, New Zealand
  4. Steve Elworthy, Managing Director – Events & Special Projects, ECB
  5. Michelle Enright, Acting CEO, ICC T20 World Cup Australia
  6. Hilton Moreeng, Coach – South Africa Women’s Team 
  7. Claire Polosak, Match Official / Umpire 
  8. Sana Mir, Former Captain of Pakistan’s Women’s Team 
  9. Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder BYJU’s
  10. Anthony Everard, Exec GM, Fan Engagement, Cricket Australia 
  11. Sharda Ugra, Sports Journalist 
  12. Ian Bishop, Leading Broadcaster, Former West Indies Fast Bowler   
  13. Dhiraj Malhotra, GM Cricket Operations and Game Development, BCCI 
  14. Christina Matthews, CEO WACA
  15. Gemma Davies, Operations Director, Engage Digital Partners 


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