Pat Howard quits as CA continues administrative restructuring

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

High performance manager Pat Howard has become the latest senior figure to leave Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal.

Meanwhile, Ben Amarfio, the Executive General Manager of Broadcasting and Commercial, has also quit from his position with immediate effect.

Howard was appointed in the wake of the Argus review of 2011.

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.

"It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community", Roberts said in a statement.

"While Pat Howard has previously made clear his intentions not to renew his contract next year, it has been chose to bring forward his departure which will take effect next week after a handover", CA said in a statement.

The incident also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

The Longstaff review criticised CA for fostering a "winning without counting the cost" culture and blamed the governing body in part for the ball-tampering crisis, which led to the suspensions of former captain Steve Smith and two other players.

Howard was responsible for the Australian team's high-performance unit.

Mr Amarfio helped broker the $1.2 billion broadcast deal, which CA signed earlier this year with Channel 7 and Foxtel.

Taylor's exit leaves Michael Kasprowicz as the only former first-class or worldwide player on CA's board, a worrying result given the "commercialisation of cricket" was among many concerns flagged by The Ethics Centre.

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