Cricket Aus­tralia ex­o­dus con­tin­ues as two more ex­ec­u­tives walk

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Cricket Aus­tralia’s high per­for­mance chief, Pat Howard, will leave his role next week as the fall­out from a scathing cul­tural re­view into the gov­ern­ing body con­tin­ues.

Howard, who has been in the role since 2011, had in­tended to stay un­til the Ashes tour of Eng­land next year, CA an­nounced last month, a week be­fore re­leas­ing the Longstaff re­view.

How­ever, he be­comes the lat­est ex­ec­u­tive to fall in the wake of the Longstaff re­view, which CA com­mis­sioned af­ter the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal in Cape Town in March.

“While Pat Howard has pre­vi­ously made clear his in­ten­tions not to re­new his con­tract next year, it has been de­cided to bring for­ward his de­par­ture which will take ef­fect next week af­ter a han­dover,” CA said in a state­ment.

“Belinda Clark ... has agreed to take on the role of in­terim EGM, team per­for­mance un­til Pat’s per­ma­nent re­place­ment is an­nounced in the new year. Kieran McMil­lan will step into the in­terim EGM, com­mu­nity cricket role un­til such time that Belinda re­turns to her post.”

CA said broad­cast­ing ex­ec­u­tive Ben Amarfio had left the busi­ness on Wed­nes­day, with Stephanie Bel­trame step­ping into a new role as In­terim EGM Broad­cast­ing and Com­mer­cial.

The ex­ec­u­tive changes come on the heels of chair­man David Peever’s de­ci­sion to quit on Thurs­day af­ter his po­si­tion be­came un­ten­able while longserv­ing board direc­tor Mark Tay­lor, the for­mer Aus­tralia cap­tain, an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion on Mon­day.

The Longstaff re­view crit­i­cised CA for fos­ter­ing a “win­ning with­out count­ing the cost” cul­ture and blamed the gov­ern­ing body in part for the ball-tam­per­ing cri­sis, which led to the sus­pen­sions of for­mer cap­tain Steve Smith and two other play­ers.

Aus­tralia have strug­gled to re­cover from the cri­sis, with its men’s teams los­ing a Test se­ries to Pak­istan in the United Arab Emi­rates and be­ing white­washed 5-0 by Eng­land in a one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries.

Aaron Finch’s Aus­tralia were thrashed by six wick­ets by South Africa in Perth on Sun­day in the first match of a three-ODI se­ries, which was also the first in­ter­na­tional match of the Aus­tralian sum­mer.

High per­for­mance man­ager Pat Howard will leave Cricket Aus­tralia next week. Pho­to­graph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Im­ages

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