Message from the New Chair of Cricket Scotland
Following his appointment at the Cricket Scotland Holdings AGM this week Tony Brian, the new Chair of Cricket Scotland speaks to cricketscotland.com
Tony is a self-confessed cricket obsessive, in his words having "played for longer than I, and some of my team mates, care to remember!"
Tony further explains, "Playing and watching cricket has given me such enjoyment and enabled me to meet so many great people - and I want to help bring that pleasure to as many others as I can. To have the opportunity to serve Cricket Scotland in growing the grassroots game and helping our national teams prosper is an honour".
Tony paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of his predecessor, Keith Oliver, over the 12 years he was Chair. "Keith has been tireless in promoting cricket in Scotland and we owe him a debt of gratitude for that."
Tony congratulated Bob McFarlane, on his re-election, and Paul Reddish, on his election, as directors of Cricket Scotland. "I am sure that Bob and Paul will make major contributions to the work of the new board. I also thank Kat Heathcote for standing as a candidate and thereby ensuring that we had a thoroughly robust election process. I know Kat will continue to make her ideas and energy available to cricket in Scotland and we are grateful to her for that."
Tony also congratulated Bruce Dixon on his election as President Elect.
Tony recognises that there are major issues for Cricket Scotland to overcome in the short and medium term including;
- To appoint a new CEO
- To increase income
- To ensure the T20 Qualifying Tournament is an unqualified success
- To work closely with the ICC to continue to give the top performing Associate Members a real opportunity to participate at global events and more often with Full Members; and
- To find new ways of helping clubs to link with local schools to attract both girls and boys to enjoy a lifetime of cricket enjoyment.
"Those are amongst the many issues which the new board of Cricket Scotland will be addressing over the next months."
Tony also touched on his longer term goals for the Scottish cricket scene. "I am determined that Cricket Scotland helps to create a true community within cricket in Scotland with common aims and aspirations - without that environment, success will be so much harder to achieve.
Tony concluded with a message in response to all the support he has received to date, "thank you all for the confidence you have placed in me and I will do my very best to fulfil that."