Hartley, who retired in 2017, has accepted the role of Chair of Selectors that will see him work alongside Head of Male Performance and Queensland Bulls coach Wade Seccombe, the man he took over from as Queensland’s wicket-keeper in 2003-04.
Hartley, a three-time winner of the Ian Healy Trophy as the best Queensland player who played 14 seasons of first class cricket, will be tasked with selecting male State teams, including identifying talented players from Premier and Pathways cricket.
Bennett King, Queensland Cricket’s General Manager – Performance, Pathways, Coaching & Community Cricket, said Hartley would bring strong cricketing knowledge and decision-making ability to the role.
“Chris and Wade will be our selection panel for the Bulls as well as having a wider brief to help Queensland Cricket achieve its goal of producing better players and teams,’’ he said.
“With the way we anticipate the season will roll out, Chis will have an excellent opportunity to see the Bulls squad players push for selection through Premier Cricket, as well as appraise the performances of players from outside the contracted players list.”
“He will commence in his role with us this weekend with the opening round of the competition of the Sci-Fleet Motors Premier Cricket competition. We’re pleased to welcome him back to QC and look forward to working productively together with him,’’ King said.
Hartley, who has spent the past few years working for national outdoor adventure suppliers Mountain Designs, said he was excited to be back with Queensland Cricket.
“It’s an ideal role and one that I expect will be both challenging and rewarding,’’ he said.
“I have been away from the Queensland playing group for a while now so will come into the job with a fresh set of eyes. Seeing the players in action with the clubs for an extended period early in the season is a really good way to get into the selection process as well.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Wade again and I know he and his coaching staff, and all the Premier Cricket coaches, have a wealth of knowledge and insights that I am excited to be able to tap into,’’ Hartley said.
Hartley’s role as Chair of Male Selectors will be mirrored by a Female equivalent who will work alongside Head of Female Cricket and Queensland Fire and WBBL Heat coach Ashley Noffke.
King said the search to fill that role was underway.
“We are looking forward to appointing a qualified individual to be the female selector,’’ he said. “It’s an increasingly important job with the rapid growth of women’s and girls’ cricket in Queensland.”
“Last season Queensland had 23 players involved at the National Under-18 titles across the State team, Northern Territory and Cricket Australia XI, and this season there will be eight teams in the Katherine Raymont Shield first grade competition so the opportunities for talented young female players are there in abundance,” King said.
For the past 12 months, Hartley has also been a member of the Brisbane Heat committee chaired by another wicket-keeping legend Ian Healy that acts in an advisory capacity to the Queensland Cricket Board.
Hartley was a member of the Heat's BBL|02 championship squad.