Pat Howard quits Cricket Australia as purge of administrators continues following damning report
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard will leave his post next week. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
The purge of senior administrators at Cricket Australia has continued, with executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard stepping down.
Cricket Australia’s executive general manager of Broadcasting, Digital Media and Commercial, Ben Amarfio, has been sacked, effective immediately.
Howard was responsible for the Australian team’s high-performance unit.
He was due to see out his term which ends after the Ashes series in England next year.
But after a critical review into Cricket Australia and the ball-tampering affair, Howard will leave next week.
Former Australia captain Belinda Clark, another member of CA’s executive, will perform Howard’s job on an interim basis until the governing body settles on a permanent replacement.
Ben Amarfio helped broker the $1.2 billion dollar commercial broadcast deal which Cricket Australia signed earlier this year. (AAP: Jane Dempster)
Howard played international rugby union for Australia.
He has been criticised for his lack of cricket knowledge and for implementing a program of resting and rotating players during series.
Howard’s High Performance Unit came under criticism in the Longstaff review which claimed CA pursued a culture of “winning without counting the costs”.
“The national HPU has been given virtual carte blanche in its quest to produce a winning national team,” the report said.
His critics also questioned why Howard was not held to account for the poor performance of the Australian men’s team since his appointment in 2011 and for the ball-tampering affair.
In a statement, the new CEO of Cricket Australia, Kevin Roberts, said:
“It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community.
“Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket.”
Mr Amarfio helped broker the $1.2 billion broadcast deal, which CA signed earlier this year with Channel 7 and Foxtel.
The one-day international played in Perth on Sunday attracted an average audience of 277,000 before dropping to 133,000. That compares with 1.2 million people who watched the first one-day international last season which was screened on free-to-air TV.