Kevin Roberts, the new chief executive officer of Cricket Australia, has announced more cuts as he begins a major management restructuring at the troubled organisation.
Pat Howard has been given notice to vacate his office as General Manager: Team Performance next week.
‘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,’ read a statement issued by Cricket Australia.
Former Australian Women’s captain Belinda Clark will replace Howard in an interim role until a permanent replacement is found for him.
‘It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community. We are committed to making cricket stronger and developing closer connections with the community and greater alignment across the organisation,’ said Roberts.
It was also announced that Ben Amarfio, the EGM of Broadcasting and Commercial at Cricket Australia, had also left the organisation with immediate effect.
Amarfio was in charge of the recent new AUD1.18billion broadcast that resulted in cricket coverage being removed from free-to-air-TV.
Howard was named by the Longstaff review as a key player in Australian cricket’s ‘win-at-all-costs mentality’.
Another woman, long-time Cricket Australia stalwart Stephanie Beltrame (former GM: Media Rights for Cricket Australia) has taken over as the EGM Broadcasting and Commercial, also in an interim capacity. Beltrame previously played a key role in securing the vital rights deal between channels Nine and Ten back in 2013.
‘Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket,’ added Roberts.
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