Former England cricket captain Charlotte Edwards is the new non-executive board director of Hampshire County Cricket Club and Southampton-based women’s Twenty 20 (T20) outfit Southern Vipers.
Edwards has been tasked with widening cricket’s appeal across Hampshire and the south central region of England. The 36-year-old - who captained the England women’s side for ten years before retiring in May - joined the south-coast franchise as a player for the inaugural season of the Kia Super League, English cricket’s inter-franchise T20 tournament for women. Under her captaincy, the Vipers claimed five victories in six fixtures.
“Charlotte’s vast experience and tremendous knowledge of the game at both domestic and international level make her a fantastic ambassador for English cricket generally and especially cricket in this region,” said Rod Bransgrove, chairman of Hampshire CCC. “She has been pivotal in the development of women’s cricket in this country and continues to do so within Hampshire as captain of the Southern Vipers – we are very pleased that she has agreed to join our board and look forward eagerly to her contribution to the business in this capacity.”
Edwards, added: “I’m delighted to have accepted this new role as a member of the Board of Directors for Hampshire and the Southern Vipers.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Ageas Bowl so far and I’m looking forward to working more closely with the club moving forward to help drive the development of cricket across Hampshire, alongside my role as captain of the Vipers.”
As captain of England Edwards won four Ashes series, an ICC Women’s World T20 title and an ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. In an international career that spanned two decades until May 2016, the Huntingdon-born batsman scored over 10,000 runs across all three forms of the game.