Following an extensive recruitment process that attracted a large field of international candidates, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Development Program in Africa today announced that Mrs Gail Mackie had been appointed to the position of Africa Project Officer.

Mrs Mackie, who has enjoyed a long career in South African cricket administration and development with the Easterns Cricket Union, will commence her role on Monday March 5.

"We are delighted to be welcoming a person of Gail's passion, skills and experience to the cricket development team in Africa. We have no doubt that she will be a key contributor to the ongoing strengthening of our great game within the region's 17 member countries," said ICC Africa Regional Development Manager Hoosain Ayob.

Mrs Mackie said,

"I am delighted to be joining the Africa Development Program and look forward to being involved in such an exciting and dynamic environment. There is considerable activity taking place in Africa and the challenge of assisting the cricket development process in the region is a real motivating force."

The 17 ICC member countries of the Africa region are Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and St Helena. Over 75,000 participants are now actively involved in cricket activities within the region, more than double the number of participants in 2002.