Todd Greenberg, the former chief executive of National Rugby League, has been named the new chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association.
The ACA has been without a permanent CEO since Alistair Nicholson resigned late last year and has been led by interim Joe Connellan while the game has navigated a summer impacted by Covid-19.
Greenberg had been tipped for either the ACA position or the same role at Cricket Australia which is currently being led by Nick Hockley who replaced Kevin Roberts last June.
He resigned from the NRL last April amid the fallout from the pandemic.
"I would like to thank the ACA board and the players for the opportunity to advocate for them. I have a long history with cricket - it's the game I first fell in love with - and am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely on their behalf in partnership with Cricket Australia and the state associations for the good of the game," Greenberg said.
"This is a role that comes with great responsibility and I am very much looking forward to meeting and speaking to as many players and members as I can over the coming months."
Hockley, who has steered CA through the pandemic with a full men's and women's international season taking place as well as two Big Bash tournaments, welcomed the appointment.
"The role of CEO at the Australian Cricketers' Association CEO is an incredibly important one, and on behalf of Cricket Australia, I'd like to congratulate Todd Greenberg on his appointment," he said."Todd's experience in administering the National Rugby League will bring valuable insights that will undoubtedly benefit cricket. We welcome Todd back to cricket, where he both played first grade cricket for Randwick and worked at Cricket NSW, and I look forward to working with him as we complete this summer of cricket and look ahead to 2021-22, which will feature men's and women's Ashes series."