Aussie legend Boon takes the reins at Cricket Tasmania

Former Australian and Tasmanian top-order batter and current ICC match referee David Boon has been elected as the chair of Cricket Tasmania

Australian Test legend David Boon has been appointed as the chair of Cricket Tasmania.

The 61-year-old, who has been a board member since 2014, was elected chair during a Cricket Tasmania meeting on Monday.

He will take the reins from Andrew Gaggin who retired earlier this month. He will also continue in his role as a member of the ICC match referees' panel.

Boon enjoyed a decorated career as a player, plying his trade as a top-order batter for more than two decades.

He made his first-class debut for Tasmania as a 17-year-old during the 1978-79 Sheffield Shield season.

Boon earned a Test call-up in 1984, scoring 7,422 runs at an average of 43.65 in a 107-match career that included 21 centuries.

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He also made 181 ODI appearances for Australia.

An Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inductee and one of Tasmanian cricket's favourite sons, Boon has been heavily involved as an administrator since his retirement from playing in 1999 and spent more than a decade as an Australian selector between 2000-2011.

"We've got a great group of directors who I think are very strong, have a very balanced skill set and Tasmanian cricket is in a pretty healthy state," Boon said today.

"We are looking as a board and me personally as a chairman to just keeping that moving forward and to nurture the game as our core business and allow young kids, both male and female to play initially and then to get the opportunity to play for their state and for their country.

"I've been blessed in many ways to have initially played the game both for Tasmania and Australia, and then to remain in the game as an administrator with Cricket Tasmania, and then as an Australian selector and with the ICC for the last decade, so just to be involved in the game is a privilege.

"And hopefully, as Donald Bradman said 'when we all leave, we leave it in a better state than what we joined it'."