Herald Sun

He’s back on the grid

Cricket chief still part of Dan’s Grand plan

- PETER ROLFE SPORTS AF­FAIRS peter.rolfe@news.com.au @rolfep

PREMIER Daniel An­drews has re­vealed he is plan­ning to ap­point a new Mel­bourne Grand Prix team and re­fused to rule Cricket World Cup chief John Harn­den out of the race to be long-term chair­man.

The Her­ald Sun last month re­vealed Mr Harn­den, the hot favourite for the job, was con­sid­er­ing re­tir­ing from the Grand Prix board af­ter the An­drews Gov­ern­ment of­fered him 12 months as chair­man but re­fused to guar­an­tee his fu­ture.

The State Gov­ern­ment wants to bring Essendon pres­i­dent Paul Lit­tle on to the board and asked Mr Harn­den to show him the ropes, de­spite re­tir­ing chair­man Ron Walker and for­mer premier Jeff Ken­nett declar­ing Mr Harn­den the best man for the job.

Asked if he be­lieved Mr Harn­den was now out of the race for the post long-term, Mr An­drews said: “I don’t think it’s fair to say that at all.’’

Mr An­drews said he was “ex­cited about the Grand Prix’s fu­ture’’ and con­firmed he was pre­par­ing a shake-up of per­son­nel as the event en­ters its 21st sea­son in Mel­bourne.

“I do look for­ward to mak­ing some an­nounce­ments, not just about the Grand Prix’s fu­ture in the sport­ing and ma­jor events cap­i­tal of the na­tion but also about a new team,’’ he said.

Mr Harn­den is act­ing chair­man of the race af­ter serv­ing as deputy since 2007. Mr Walker anointed him his suc­ces­sor and the move has the sup­port of the Grand Prix board.

But in a pri­vate Spring St meet­ing with the Gov­ern­ment, Mr Harn­den was told his ten­ure would be “per­for­mance­based’’ and he may have to hand over to an op­po­nent. Mr Harn­den, who was ed­u­cated at Har­vard and was chief ex­ec­u­tive of the ac­claimed Mel­bourne Com­mon­wealth Games in 2006, baulked at the of­fer, ac­cord­ing to sources. He de­clined to com­ment. Mr Ken­nett has urged the Gov­ern­ment to give Mr Harn­den the job per­ma­nently.

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