Ex- Test selector says it’s time for change at the top
A FORMER Test s el ector s ays Cricket Australia must embark on a generational purge by axing selection boss Andrew Hilditch and ordering Ricky Ponting to hand the captaincy to Michael Clarke after the World Cup.
The stance from John Benaud comes ahead of a crucial CA board meeting tomorrow, with the 14 panel members to primarily discuss the game’s structure, fiscal models.
Also high on the agenda will be piecing together the puzzle that is the new Big Bash domestic league amid revelations the six states have yet to sign participation agreements.
But equally pertinent is the blueprint for Australian cricket’s revival following the 3-1 Ashes mauling that has put key figures such as Hilditch
and and coach Tim Nielsen under microscope.
CA woul d f a c e a n e s t i mat e d $ 6 0 0 , 0 0 0 p a y o u t b y j e t t i s o n i n g Nielsen, who is contracted until the 2013 Ashes. And the men entrusted with plotting Australia’s path ahead face a tough decision on Hilditch, who is off-contract after the World Cup but is seeking a new term as chairman of selectors.
Be n a u d s a y s t h e p o s i t i o n o f Hilditch, who succeeded chairman Trevor Hohns in April 2006 and has been a selector for 15 years, had become untenable.
‘‘ If Greg Chappell is the full-time selector, you’d have to think he should be the chairman moving forward," said Benaud, part of the selection panel that handed Shane Warne his Test debut in 1992.