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Pat Howard to step down as Cricket Australia blood-letting continues

Pat Howard to step down as Cricket Australia blood-letting continues

The need to enact changes after Dr Simon Longstaff's report meant it was no longer tenable for Howard to see out his contract, which was due to expire after next year's Ashes series.

"Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket".

Roberts said his organisation would heed the review's call to meet with the Australian Cricketers' Association and mend its fraught relationship with the players' union.

Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with their men's teams losing a Test series to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and being whitewashed 5-0 by England in a one-day worldwide series.

"Belinda Clark. has agreed to take on the role of Interim EGM, Team Performance until Pat's permanent replacement is announced in the new year".

AAP understands the exit of Amarfio, CA's general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial, was more messy.

Howard, appointed manager of team performance in 2011, was one of the governing body's most polarising and powerful figures.

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"We talk openly and honestly and obviously today's news was a shock", Carey told reporters in Adelaide.

"It's important at this point in time we give cricket a fresh start and we start looking forward so we can heal and look forward and take the game into the future".

Coach Darren Lehmann, chief executive James Sutherland, Peever and two other directors have left since the sandpaper scandal, while Steve Smith and David Warner were sacked as captain and vice-captain.

The creation of Howard's senior role, which involved responsibilities including the hiring and firing of senior coaches plus helping conduct a formal investigation of the ball-tampering saga, was one of the key recommendations of the Argus review.

Head of security Sean Carroll, a former Victorian police detective who oversees CA's anti-corruption program and ensures players are safe while on tour around the world, was summoned to help evict Amarfio.

He joins broadcast GM Ben Amarfi, former Chair David Peever and Mark Taylor as casualties of the review into the organisation's culture.

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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