CRICKET AUSTRALIA RESTRUCTURE
Cricbuzz Staff •
Howard was appointed in the wake of the Argus review of 2011. © Getty
Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance, will step down from his position next week, a year earlier than his expected departure as Cricket Australia continues to see wholesale changes to its administration wing in the aftermath of the Longstaff review. Belinda Clark, the former Australian Women’s captain, has been named as the interim Executive General Manager.
Howard is the latest CA executive to step down from his position in the aftermath of the Newlands ball-tampering saga and the subsequent culture review. Last week, David Peever stepped down from his post as CA chairman a week after he was re-elected to the post. Howard, who also served as the general manager of Australian Rugby Union’s high performance unit, was appointed as the General Manager, Team Performance, in the wake of Australia losing the Ashes in 2010-11.
“It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community,” Kevin Roberts, the chief executive of CA, said in a statement that outlined the changes to the management.
“We are committed to making cricket stronger and developing closer connections with the community and greater alignment across the organisation. Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ben Amarfio, the Executive General Manager of Broadcasting and Commercial, has also quit from his position with immediate effect. Stephanie Beltrame, who was the head of CA’s team during the recent broadcast rights negotiations, has been named as the interim EGM Broadcasting and Commercial.
CA also noted that the board’s digital media operation is set to report to a Fan Engagement unit, headed by Anthony Everard, the former chief of Big Bash League.