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SACA: Keith Bradshaw awarded South Australian cricket’s highest honour

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South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw has been bestowed Honorary Life Membership of the SACA.

Honorary Life Membership is reserved only for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Association and the advancement of cricket. 

The SACA Board unanimously agreed to award Mr Keith Bradshaw Honorary Life Membership with immediate effect following his nomination by SACA President Andrew Sinclair.

Keith was appointed as SACA’s Chief Executive in 2012, a role he still holds to this day and one which has earned him widespread respect.

After retiring from playing domestic cricket for Tasmania, Keith made his first impact on cricket as an administrator in 2005 when he became the first non-Englishman to become Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord’s.

His trailblazing approach to the role was evident when Keith returned to Australia in 2012 to take the reins of the SACA at a time of evolution for the sport.

Keith’s first task was to transition SACA from a cricket association which controlled Adelaide Oval, to a modern organisation whose primary purpose was promoting and developing the game of cricket in South Australia.

A visionary leader, Keith’s list of achievements in the role is long and varied.

He was instrumental in the evolution of Test cricket with day-night matches, pioneering the development of the pink ball which has enabled day-night Test cricket to prosper around the world. This alone is a huge advancement of cricket.

Keith campaigned for Adelaide Oval to be the first venue to host a day-night Test match. His dream became reality when the world tuned in to watch the historic Australia /New Zealand game under lights at Adelaide Oval in November 2015.

Keith has driven further innovation in the Test arena with SACA also hosting the first ever day-night matches for Australia against India and England. The first pink-ball Ashes clash beat both the biggest single day attendance, and total match attendance previously set by the 1933 Bodyline Test.

Leading the way, Keith has also championed the development of female cricket, has overseen the growth of the Adelaide Strikers as the most attended team in the BBL and continues to deliver the best member experience in world cricket with the famous SACA Village Green.  

Keith has fostered a supportive and caring working environment for all SACA staff. He has indeed made an outstanding contribution to the SACA whilst also hugely advancing the game of cricket.

The SACA Board and staff are thrilled that this wonderful honour has been awarded to Keith. He is now an Honorary Life Member of both the SACA and Lord’s, his two favourite cricket grounds and arguably the two best cricket grounds in the world.

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