Trent Copeland and Rachael Haynes (Photos: Cricket NSW)

The two New South Wales Big Bash sides have elected new General Managers with Rachael Haynes to take the reins at the Sydney Sixers, while Trent Copeland will head up the Sydney Thunder.

After being promoted last summer to the Head of the Sydney Sixers, former Australian and NSW cricketing great Rachael Haynes will take on the General Manager position.

Haynes oversaw a successful season for both the women’s (WBBL|09) and men’s (BBL|13) sides, with the attendances, membership, and merchandise records being broken alongside a fourth BBL finals appearance in the last five seasons.

Lee Germon, the CEO of Cricket NSW spoke about Haynes’ credentials and her impact at the club in one year.

“The WBBL and BBL are part of a dynamic domestic sport and global cricket landscape and Rachael is perfectly placed to lead the Sydney Sixers as the club strives to be at the forefront of the industry,” Germon said.

“Rachael impressed greatly in her role as Head of Club at the Sixers this past summer, showing leadership and strategic thinking that will help the club deliver for their players, members, fans into the future.”

Haynes said that she was looking forward to continue in her new role.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season at the Sixers and I’m looking forward to growing with the club in this new role,” Haynes said.

“We have an incredibly strong and passionate base of members and fans to support our talented on and off field teams and I feel privileged to be able to lead the club as we move into WBBL|10 and BBL|14.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in cricket, and in particular T20 franchise cricket.”

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Former Australian and NSW quick Trent Copeland rejoins his former club as their newly unveiled General Manager.

Moving from his role at Cricket New South Wales as the Strategy and Growth Manager, Copeland is excited to take the next step at the Thunder.

“Sydney Thunder is a club with a rich connection to their community and an enormous opportunity to continue to engage with the Western Sydney and the South Asian diaspora,” Copeland said.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the players and staff to continue to strive to improve our performances on the field and connect with our wonderful members and fans off the field.

“The WBBL and BBL are at such exciting stages and present great opportunities to simultaneously help grow the game of cricket and inspire people to connect with Sydney Thunder.”

Germon spoke about how Copeland is ‘an extremely strong strategic thinker and an excellent communicator’.

“These changes have been made as we strive to achieve our ambitious goals and operate as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Germon said.

“Unfortunately, as part of this process, Chris Botherway and Andrew Gilchrist have left the organisation. Both Chris and Andrew are highly regarded and respected members of our family and have made significant contributions to CNSW. We wish them well in the future.

“Trent Copeland has impressed greatly in his most recent role at Cricket NSW.

“While Trent embraces this new role, he will continue to fulfil his broadcast commitments with our blessing.”

Both Haynes and Copeland will take up their positions effective immediately.

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