Cricket Australia has appointed Eugenie Buckley as Tournament Director of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2009 to be hosted by Cricket New South Wales. Eugenie starts on 7 January 2008 and will initially be based at the Cricket Australia Melbourne office for the planning phase of the tournament.
A qualified lawyer, Eugenie has just completed a six-month contract with the ICC where she assisted in finalising the ESS media rights deal and commercial program as well as the staging of the World Twenty20 in South Africa.
Prior to cricket, she worked in soccer for FFA and was closely involved in the establishment of the A-League and Australia’s participation in the FIFA World Cup in Germany 2006. Buckley has also worked in rugby union, including as the Head of Legal and Commercial when the ARU staged the Rugby World Cup in 2003.
“I’m very excited to take on this new role and I’m really looking forward to the challenges of putting together a successful ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup,” she said.
“Working previously with the ICC, FFA, FIFA and the ARU, I’ll draw on my experience from working with those organisations which should help in our efforts in helping to develop women’s cricket in Australia.
“We really want to showcase a fantastic tournament comprising the best female cricketers from around the world and leave a legacy to continue to develop and improve the game for women, not just in Australia, but also internationally.
“We want to present a tournament which will allow the players to play in the best possible environment.”
Buckley will establish a Tournament Organising Committee which is proposed will comprise a representative from each Cricket Australia department to ensure the success of the Tournament.
“We will initially assemble a really good working team and work very closely with the host state, New South Wales, to make sure we deliver a very successful tournament,” Buckley said.