Queensland’s all-time leading wicket-taker Michael Kasprowicz has been appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Cricket for the immediate future as the Queensland Cricket board searches for a permanent CEO. Kasprowicz, a Cricket Australia Director since 2011, will step into the role left vacant by the resignation of Geoff Cockerill at the start of last month. Queensland Cricket Chairman Jim Holding said the 44-year-old would take on the interim CEO role while QC embarks on an extensive search to identify and recruit the best individual for the permanent role. “Michael brings deep insights into the business of Australian Cricket as well as being closely attuned to Queensland Cricket and its operations,’’ Holding said. “We are grateful to him for agreeing to take on this role in addition to his existing commitments,’’ he said. “Since Geoff’s resignation, the Board has conducted a thorough review of our strategic and operational requirements and will undertake a rigorous process to identify and secure the right person for our short and long-term needs as CEO,’’ Holding said. Kasprowicz played 19 seasons of first class cricket, with 115 first class games for Queensland, taking 505 wickets for the Bulls at 24.43 in a career that also saw him play 38 Tests for Australia, claiming 113 wickets. A former President of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, he is also a Board Member of the Australia India Council and the Bulls Masters. An MBA, he is the founder and Managing Director of Venture India, a specialist consultancy firm facilitating trade and business opportunities between India and Australia Kasprowicz will step down from the Cricket Australia Board to allow him to take on the interim CEO position from next week. “I’m pleased to be able to assist Queensland Cricket at this point in time and grateful to the Chairman David Peever and my fellow Directors on the CA Board for their support,’’ he said. “Queensland Cricket is currently well positioned with strong growth in participation and enormous potential emerging through the Youth Pathway and elite teams like the Bulls, Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat BBL and WBBL teams,’’ he said. “Queensland is also well positioned financially, with recent strategic funding initiatives targeting the grassroots of the game and complementing the outstanding work of our many volunteers. “Queensland Cricket continues to engage closely with Government at all levels to deliver some exciting outcomes for the game in the State,” he said.