The fall out and changes at the top of Cricket Australia (CA) in the wake of the ball tampering scandal continued today with CA’s new CEO Kevin Roberts hastening the departure of high performance manager Pat Howard brought forward to next week and executive GM of broadcasting and commercial Ben Amarfio shown the door immediately.
The changes come after the highly critical report into ball tampering during the team’s tour of South Africa released less than a fortnight ago, which subsequently saw the organisation’s chairman, David Peever, resign, followed by longstanding director and former Australian captain Mark Taylor this week.
The latest departures mean CA has now lost three players, including the captain, and vice captain, in a year-long ban, as well as the coach, a CEO, two board members and now two executive managers since March.
Amarfio negotiated the $1.18bn broadcasting rights deal that left cricket fans stunned on Sunday when they were unable to watch the season’s first ODI between South Africa and Australia on free-to-air TV.
Howard was planning to now seek contract renewal next year, but will now leave next week after a handover.
Roberts has installed two women in their place.
Stephanie Beltrame makes the executive team for the first time, taking over as interim EGM of broadcasting and commercial, with Belinda Clark as interim EGM of team performance until Howard’s replacement is announced next year. She will then return to her Community Cricket role.
A replacement for Roberts, who was Chief Operating Officer, is ongoing.
As part of the management shakeup the digital team will be merged with the events and leagues department under Anthony Everard and be renamed Fan Engagement.
Public Affairs will be renamed Communications and Stakeholder Engagement department under Karina Keisler.
The people and culture and technology roles will also be upgraded to general manager roles.
In a statement announcing the changes Roberts said: “It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community.”
A fortnight into the role following the departure of long-term boss James Sutherland, the new CEO said his organisation wanted to develop closer ties with the community.
“Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket,” he said.
The CA Executive team is:
Kevin Roberts, CEO
Anthony Everard, EGM Fan Engagement
Belinda Clark, Interim EGM Team Performance
Christine Harman, General Counsel & Company Secretary
Karina Keisler, EGM Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Kieran McMillan, Interim EGM Community Cricket
Mike Osborne, GM Technology
Raj Tapper, GM People and Culture
Stephanie Beltrame, Interim EGM Broadcasting & Commercial
Todd Shand, CFO
Nick Hockley, CEO ICC World T20 (reports to Board of Local Organising Committee)