Review panel to seek more time to present Oz cricket findings

Melbourne: The review into what has gone wrong with Australian cricket in the last couple of years, could take some more time to see the light of day, but according to sources and reports, the findings could be presented to Cricket Australia directors at a two-day board meeting next Thursday and Friday.

It has been 216 days since Australia lost the Ashes at home, and the Don Argus-led review panel has said that it will ask for more time to present their final recommendations.

In that case, according to The Age, Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke would call a special board meeting later in the month to receive the recommendations in the hope they can still be considered and implemented in time for the home summer.

``It`s an independent review and … I don`t have an insight into the detail and that includes the timing. It could be that it`s [tabled] at next week`s board meeting or it could be that it`s at a later point. The review team believes that the most important thing is to get it right rather than meet a particular deadline,```` the paper quoted Cricket Australia’s public affairs general manager Peter Young, as saying.

All in Australian cricket, from players and coaches to a disenchanted public, are anxious to know how Australia plans to climb back from its humbling No. 5 world ranking, with many questioning the reason for the long wait.

Cricket Australia is expected to come under great pressure to make all the recommendations public; that decision will be left to directors and while there is a strong push for complete transparency it is unknown whether some aspects of the report will be kept secret.

Although Cricket Australia has refused to reveal the terms of reference, the big issues covered by Argus, Malcolm Speed and former captains Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh will include selection, pay structure, coaching and the domestic system that underpins the national teams.

The most high profile job on the line is that of maligned chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, who is out of contract and may be replaced with a full-time chairman.


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