NEW Greater Illawarra Zone chairman Craig Howsan has revealed his desire to forge greater ties with Cricket NSW in the coming seasons.
The Shoalhaven treasurer steps into the role amid a turbulent time for cricket in the region, with administrators scrambling to minimise the impact of coronavirus on the upcoming season.
Howsan will head up a new regime, with former chair Ian Hogg standing down at this month's annual general meeting.
The previous executive was beset by clashes with Cricket NSW, with the organisation ultimately removing administrator Glenn Bridge from his role.
Howsan has worked closely with the governing body in the Shoalhaven and is eager for Greater Illawarra to forge closer ties.
"I do plan on working very closely with the cricket managers," Howsan said.
"They've got an incredibly tough job at the moment, not being able to go into schools and various carnivals.
"We can only move forward if we all work together.
"The work done by Glenn was outstanding, but we did have some miscommunications.
"Hopefully we can sort that out and start afresh."
The new executive features deputy chair Rina Hore, with Ty Barton the Zone's member on the Country Cricket Committee of Management.
With some fresh faces involved, Howsan is determined to grow the game across the four districts.
"I hope to get some stability and increase the cooperation among the four associations," Howsan said.
"I also hope we can achieve rep success and get more players on the big stage."