Friday, June 25, 2021

Queensland Cricket: Rowell Joins CA Board

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Queensland Cricket has congratulated Greg Rowell on his appointment to the Board of Cricket Australia.
Rowell, 54, was formally invited to become a Director at the recent CA Board Meeting last week and will commence official duties shortly.

The immediate past president of Western Suburbs in the Sci-Fleet Motors Queensland Premier Cricket competition, he is the founder of commercial law specialists RowelLegal.

The decision means there will be a Queensland representative on the Board, with former Test paceman Michael Kasprowicz stepping off the Board last year after eight years as a Director.

Queensland Cricket Chairman Chris Simpson congratulated Rowell on his appointment.

“Greg has been a deep and vigorous thinker about the game in all the time I have known him,” he said.

“He has many touchpoints with the game. They range from the grassroots, where he has been a passionate member of cricket’s volunteer army, through to the elite, where as a past player, he has provided his insights and experiences to mentor current Queensland and Premier Cricket players.

“As a club administrator, Wests have been one of the leaders in women’s cricket, and they have worked hard to be a leader within their community.”

“Greg was widely respected for his dedication and skill as a player, and his tenacity in overcoming adversity and injuries as a fast bowler was much admired by his teammates and peers alike. On behalf of Queensland Cricket, we wish him all the best.”

A tall right-arm pace bowler, Rowell played first class cricket for NSW, Queensland and Tasmania and was a member of the Australia ‘A’ one-day team that famously played against Australia in a World Series Final in 1994-95.

In the same summer, he played a significant role in helping Queensland to earn the right to host the historic 1994-95 Sheffield Shield Final but missed the decider due to foot injury sustained in the last games of the regular season.

That career-limiting injury to his left foot sidelined him for the 1996-97 and 1995-96 seasons, stifling the promise shown in 1994-95 when he earned Australia ‘A” representation. In all, he had four fractures and two operations on his foot and played in pain for several seasons.

The bulk of his playing career was with Queensland, where he played in the 1997-98 Mercantile Mutual Cup championship team.

Rowell won the Peter Burge Medal as the best and fairest first grade player in Brisbane in 2002-03 and was still making life hard for first grade batsmen when he made his decision to retire from Premier Cricket with Wests after the club claimed the 2004-05 premiership.

He has been a loyal servant of Western Suburbs CC throughout his career and has served in several administrative roles, stepping down recently as President of the club.

He is also the founder of the multi-sports Chelmer Sports Inc body, as well as serving as a Director of the Queensland Cricketers’ Club.

A lawyer, he is the founder of commercial law specialists RowelLegal.

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