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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Cricket purge claims two more scalps


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One of Cricket Australia's most maligned figures has been claimed in the purge of the governing body, with high performance manager Pat Howard reportedly set to quit.

Howard and Ben Amarfio, CA's general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial, will be the latest figures to depart the governing body, according to AAP and The Australian.

Their resignations closely follow those of chairman David Peever and high-profile director Mark Taylor in the wake of a cultural review. Former chief executive James Sutherland and coach Darren Lehmann are among a raft of other casualties to have exited CA since the Cape Town cheating scandal.

Howard, a former Wallaby, has been controversial throughout his tenure. He has copped the blame for unpopular "workload management" programs that often saw Australia field depleted teams, even against the wishes of "rested" players.

Legendary paceman Mitchell Johnson called for Howard's sacking just days ago.

“We’ve just seen (chairman) David Peever go, why is Pat Howard not gone?” Johnson told The Australian, suggesting Glenn McGrath as a replacement.

“I think the high performance side of things has definitely taken over in the sport and I think it’s gone too far with looking at many issues like the bowling workloads for bowlers, the training methods … it needs to be addressed and hopefully it gets addressed sooner rather than later because I think for the future of cricket, for the betterment of the game, they’re on the right path but it probably needs to be a bit sooner.”

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One of Cricket Australia's most maligned figures has been claimed in the purge of the governing body, with high performance manager Pat Howard reportedly set to quit.

Howard and Ben Amarfio, CA's general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial, will be the latest figures to depart the governing body, according to AAP and The Australian.

Their resignations closely follow those of chairman David Peever and high-profile director Mark Taylor in the wake of a cultural review. Former chief executive James Sutherland and coach Darren Lehmann are among a raft of other casualties to have exited CA since the Cape Town cheating scandal.

Howard, a former Wallaby, has been controversial throughout his tenure. He has copped the blame for unpopular "workload management" programs that often saw Australia field depleted teams, even against the wishes of "rested" players.

Legendary paceman Mitchell Johnson called for Howard's sacking just days ago.

“We’ve just seen (chairman) David Peever go, why is Pat Howard not gone?” Johnson told The Australian, suggesting Glenn McGrath as a replacement.

“I think the high performance side of things has definitely taken over in the sport and I think it’s gone too far with looking at many issues like the bowling workloads for bowlers, the training methods … it needs to be addressed and hopefully it gets addressed sooner rather than later because I think for the future of cricket, for the betterment of the game, they’re on the right path but it probably needs to be a bit sooner.”

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