Bulow to end cricket boycott
IT has only taken half a season away from the game for Mel Bulow to realise she is not ready to give up cricket yet.
“It’s been quite tough,” the Ipswich product and former Australia representative said of her decision not to play this season.
“I have realised cricket has become a major part of my life.
“I’m going to comeback next year.”
Last summer’s Queensland women’s player of the year, the fourth time the 30-year-old has won the award in the 13 years she has represented the state, became disillusioned with the direction the team was heading and decided she didn’t want to continue.
“There were a few things behind the scenes,” she said.
“Plus I’ve been doing it for such a long time it started to wear a bit thin.
“I was losing the enjoyment a bit.”
Bulow was at logger heads with the Queensland Cricket (QC) administration over the way it was handling the women’s team, Queensland Fire, which Bulow captained for many seasons before handing over the reins in 2009.
“I was not quite happy with the direction Queensland Cricket was taking the women’s side,” Bulow said.
“I had numerous meetings with Graham Dixon (QC chief executive officer) and Terry Oliver (QC high performance coaching manager).”
Bulow felt she had to make a stand for the women.
“I was a bit concerned,” she said.
“Player retention was a big issue.
“We’ve had a massive player turnover in the past three years and there have been player management issues as well.
“I don’t know they really understood what it entails to be a female sportsperson.”
Without Bulow the Fire have lost all four matches of the Women’s national league this season.
She has made her point but is suffering, along with her former teammates, for it.
“Now we’re missing so many senior ex-players it is hard to watch,” she said.
Fortunately her message has got though and Bulow believes things are back on track.
“I’m confident we’re heading in the right direction now,” she said.
“I’m happy with the outcomes for doing that.
“Ideally I would not have missed the season but it has been quite fruitful.”
Now Bulow is counting down until the start of next season, when she will once again give her all for her state.
“I’m missing the competitive aspect of team sport,” she said.
“I didn’t realise it but, after 13-years at this level, it has become part of my identity.”