Roberta Moretti Avery, Vijeylaxmi Narasimhan, Nadia Gruny part of ICC’s Future Leaders Programme

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Brazil’s captain Roberta Moretti Avery, Indian referee and former Tamil Nadu player Vijeylaxmi Narasimhan along with USA Cricket’s Nadia Gruny are among the 40 women from 29 ICC Member countries selected for ICC’s 100% Cricket Future Leaders Programme, it was announced on Tuesday (June 1). This programme is to accelerate the growth of women’s cricket and women in cricket around the world.

Former Pakistan captain Sana Mir, former Australian cricketer and CEO of WACA Christina Matthews and head coach of South Africa Hilton Moreeng are some of the mentors for this programme, for which over 300 people from over 45 countries had applied.

“The response from the global cricket community and all of our Member boards has been fantastic,”Claire Furlong, General Manager, Marketing and Communications of ICC, said. “We received an overwhelming number of applications from 45 countries spanning all five ICC regions.”

“The first two batches reflect the diversity of our regions and their areas of focus, and all have received outstanding endorsements from their respective Member Boards. The next six months will be incredibly exciting, and we look forward to a productive learning experience for our mentees.”

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The purpose of this six-month long programme is to address the low percentage of women in leadership positions in global cricket and build a pipeline of new female leaders in cricket. The initial intake is divided into two batches with one beginning this month and the other starting in November.

India’s Harini Rana, Zimbabwe captain Mary-Anne Musonda, Pakistan’s Marina Iqbal are some of those selected for the second batch.


Mentor Mentee Country / Organization 
Greg Barclay (Governance and Board) Nadia Gruny USA
Wasim Khan (Management) Joanna Taylor ICC
Andrea Nelson (Senior Management / Events) Fizza Abid Pakistan
Steve Elworthy (Governance and Board) Tracey Pitt Bermuda
Michelle Enright (Commercial and Business of Cricket) Ewa Ostaszewska Ireland
Hilton Moreeng (Coaching) Helmien Rambaldo Netherlands
Claire Polosak (Match Officiating) Vijeylaxmi Narasimhan India
Sana Mir (Player Growth) Benafsha Hashimi Afghanistan
Divya Gokulnath (Commercial and Overall Leadership) Anna Shaw England
Anthony Everard (Fan Engagement) Vaishali Jesrani Oman
Sharda Ugra (Media and Journalism) Roberta Moretti Avery Brazil
Ian Bishop (Broadcasting) Xolile Mabuza South Africa
Dhiraj Malhotra (Game Development and Events Operations) Caitlin Spencer Australia
Christina Matthews (Development) Iriho Veronique Rwanda
Gemma Davies (Digital Communications) La Donna Williams West Indies
Jodie Hawkins (Leadership / Senior Management) Mariamma Hyder Kuwait
Lisa Keightley (Coaching) Naome Kayondo Bagenda Uganda
Karren Rogers (Digital Partnerships and Fan Engagement) Nicole Dunn N. Zealand
Will Glenwright (Development) Rosy Ryan Scotland
Chris Tetley (Events and Development) Charilitah Wambui Kenya