Former MCC, SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw passes away

South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) chief executive and former Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) CEO Keith Bradshaw passed away on Tuesday (November 9), aged 58, following a long illness.

Bradshaw had been SACA CEO since November 2011, having previously served as the first non-Englishman in the role of secretary and chief executive officer of the MCC after his appointment in 2006. He also played 25 first-class matches for Tasmania between 1984 and 1988 as a middle-order batter and made two Sheffield Shield centuries before retiring.

Bradshaw battled multiple myeloma – an incurable cancer- for over a decade while managing his duties at the MCC and the SACA. He played a vital hand in the development of day-night cricket, with Adelaide Oval becoming the first venue globally to host a pink-ball Test.

“Although many within the cricket family were aware that Keith was battling a serious long-term illness, the news of his passing at such a young age is devasting for cricket and all who had the good fortune to know him,” Cricket Australia’s interim chairman Richard Freudenstein said in his tribute to Bradshaw.

“Keith’s contribution to cricket in Australia and the UK cannot be understated. His legacy is an ongoing testament to a lifetime of achievement in the game.

“His great skill as a cricket administrator was to be an innovator yet appreciate and understand the importance of tradition. He had the clearest of vision when it came to strategy and yet the lightest of touch when it came to empowering his staff to carry it out.

“He fought his long-term illness with courage and fortitude and despite whatever he was going through, he always had a smile and lots of time for everyone he met.

“Cricket will be much the poorer for his passing and myself and everyone at Cricket Australia send our love and thoughts to his fiance Helen, children Juliet, Eliza, Donald and Jack and son-in-law Patrick at this time.”


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