Bob Parish served two terms as Chairman of the Australian Cricket Board (1966 to 1969 and 1975 to 1981) having played grade cricket for Prahran from 1935/36 to 1948/49 as an accurate medium pacer. Appointed to the Prahran Committee in 1936/37 he became the club delegate to the VCA in 1950/51.
He is remembered at Prahran as having done everything from sweeping the floors to marking out pitches, painting the scoreboard and broadcasting scores. He became Prahran’s fourth President in 1954/55 and managed Australian teams to the West Indies (1954) and England (1968).
Parish was an incredible and remarkable servant of the game. His dedication and his ability to work through challenges and difficulties, in particular those around the World Series Cricket agreement in 1979, were substantial.
He worked tirelessly to have South Africa return to world cricket such was his devotion to work for the betterment of the game. The benefit of that agreement to Australian cricket and cricket around the world has been phenomenal.
Parish was scrupulously fair and his integrity was beyond reproach. He was a great confidant of the late Sir Donald Bradman, a mentor to those around him, and he gave tremendous assistance to other administrators during and after his time.
In 1975 Parish was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 1980 Parish was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to cricket.