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Aideen Rice becomes Cricket Ireland’s first woman president

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Outgoing President Brian Walsh hands over to Aideen Rice. Credit: Cricket Ireland.

Outgoing President Brian Walsh arms over to Aideen Rice. Credit: Cricket Ireland. © Agencies

Aideen Rice has been named as the brand new president of Cricket Ireland for the yr 2018-19, on Monday (April 30), via the Members of Cricket Ireland. In succeeding Brian Walsh, she become the first ladies ever, for the reason that organisation used to be established in 1923, to carry the location.

“It’s a great honour to be standing here today, but I can think of many other women who could be here instead of me,” Rice stated whilst addressing the Members on the Annual General Meeting held at Ballymascanlon House in Dundalk. “On both the provincial and international front, men and women, the summer is shaping up to be very busy and exciting. While I don’t want to put any pressure on our women’s team, one thing I would like nothing better would be to accompany our women’s senior team to the West Indies in November for the T20 World Cup. 2018 is a most historic year for Irish cricket with the first men’s Test match less than two weeks away, and I’m looking forward to playing my part.”

Rice has been excited by grassroots cricket in Leinster for the reason that 1970s. Her appointment because the president of Cricket Ireland got here handiest 12 days prior to the boys’s group’s first-ever Test fit.

Speaking on her appointment, Ross McCollum, Chairman of Cricket Ireland, stated: “On behalf of the wider cricket family I welcome Aideen to the role. I am delighted with her appointment and it is a true recognition of her many years of commitment to junior cricket in Leinster. Her achievements in supporting grassroots cricket is legendary, and I know she’ll bring an equal measure of commitment to this new challenge.”

“The success of our senior women’s team – which is currently ranked 10th in the world – has helped spur interest in women’s cricket and provided new pathways for girls to get into the sport. Irish cricket’s support for the women’s game is an important part of our commitment to growing the game, and Aideen’s elevation to President is both an important recognition for her personally, and an encouragement to the next generation of women cricketers that they can breakthrough at all levels of our sport.”

He additionally lauded the efforts of the outgoing President and stated, “I would like to acknowledge the outgoing President, Brian Walsh, a man I have known for many years. Brian’s dedication to cricket in Ireland is beyond doubt and in the last 12 months he has travelled many miles and seen many cricket games. I know Brian will stay close to the sport for many years to come.”

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