Cricket: John Miller fills void as Cricket ACT chairman Ian McNamee steps down

by admin on November 20th, 2018

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Ian McNamee officially hands over to new Cricket ACT chairman John Miller. Photo: Cameron WalterIan McNamee has pulled up stumps on his tenure as Cricket ACT chairman with deputy John Miller to fill the void.
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McNamee made the decision to step down after eight years, allowing an “honoured and privileged” Miller to slip into the role  he has been groomed for for some time.

Miller said if ever anyone needed a reminder of McNamee’s influence on cricket in the region, they need just look up to the “diamonds in the sky”.

The lights at Manuka Oval have been the catalyst for a host of top level cricket to be played in Canberra since they were installed in 2013.

McNamee spent 16 years as a Cricket ACT director before returning as chairman eight years ago, but before that he sat on Manuka Oval boards for more than two decades.

His long association with the ground is the reason for lauding the lights as the highlight of his time.

“The most significant thing that’s happened with ACT cricket and Manuka Oval in particular are those lights,” McNamee said.

“The Big Bash final we wouldn’t have had without lights. Three World Cup games we wouldn’t have had without lights. The Australian team wouldn’t have played here without lights.”

Miller said the lights have changed the dynamic of cricket in the region.

“I think Ian will always be able to drive by that ground and very proudly think about his contribution in making that happen because it was a significant effort on Ian’s behalf,” Miller said.

McNamee admits he is still coming to terms with the decision as in influx of phone calls and messages remind him of the legacy he will leave at Cricket ACT.

A Test match in the 2018/19 season was the final feather in McNamee’s cap after the upgrade of Phillip Oval was announced in 2015.

“My standing down was foreshadowed at the AGM the previous year, and I knew that the Test match was very close,” McNamee said.

“If you read some of the history of ACT cricket they’ve been trying to get Test matches in Canberra for 30 years, [now] the facility is there.”

McNamee, who will stay on as a patron at Cricket ACT, believes the new Phillip Oval facility will ensure Canberra continues its reputation as a strong breeding ground for top-class cricketers.

“That indoor training facility will be enormous for developing young cricketers in this region,” McNamee said.

“It will be an amazing complex, but I can see a lot of young aspiring cricketers coming to Canberra to actually get their tuition with the team that [Cricket ACT CEO] Cameron French has got assembled there at Manuka with your Blizzards, and Butterworths and so forth to coach them.”

Miller echoed his predecessor’s comments in saying the facility will guide Cricket ACT on its path to “becoming that No.1 talent hotspot in Australia”.

Miller is hopeful Cricket ACT will move into the new facility within a year with construction slated to begin in early 2017.​

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