Sydney: Cricket Australia’s requirement for the full time selector is going to be fulfilled before the Ashes campaign, with one of them Jamie Cox, David Boon or Merv Hughes set to lose their job.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch and CA’s general manager of cricket operations, Michael Brown, will assess the trio’s performances before one is likely to be asked for his resignation.
Brown said one of the three could yet land the full-time role, titled national talent manager, and therefore no change would be made to the four-man panel as it stands, but the fact CA are set to advertise for the position next week makes it unlikely.
The new selector would be in charge of liaising with state talent managers, national players and fielding media inquiries much of which has been ignored in the past few years, a newspaper reported.
“This is a huge step. This is really strongly supported by the states and they are very important stakeholders. We need to professionalise the game of cricket, to do that we have strong recommendations that cricket enter a full-time era, yet the selectors are still part-time,” Brown said.
“So we need to professionalise the selections process. We wanted to improve talent management and leadership - soccer and AFL have done this really well,” he added.
Hilditch is contracted as chairman of selectors until the end of next year’s World Cup and will retain his position as the panel’s head.
Brown said for the time being he saw the need for only one full-time selector, so Adelaide lawyer Hilditch and the remaining two would hold their primary occupations.