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“Male, Pale, Stale” is Channel Nine’s Cricket Commentary Team

January 26, 2013

Gideon Haigh, in The Weekend Australian, 25-26 January 2013

kerry-packerKERRY Packer famously said that there was nothing after death. He had been there; he knew. Yet in the last few years he has enjoyed a vibrant video afterlife, brought to the screen in the television series Paper Giants and Howzat, and to be seen later this year in Magazine Wars. His shade hovered over the Sydney Test in the obsequies for Tony Greig, while his image will be front and centre in the World Series Cricket exhibition opening in a couple of weeks at the Bradman Museum. Packer was always larger than life. Posthumously, he seems to be getting even bigger.But might there be more to it? This summer, of course, is the last covered by Cricket Australia’s existing television arrangements with the Nine Network, Packer’s former fiefdom. His heir having sold Nine into a leveraged buy-out that then collapsed last year, the network is a shadow of its former self. Yet its bluster has been vintage Packer, culminating in a breathtakingly arrogant attack on an Australian cricket captain by a Nine officer that was almost as extraordinary as the fact that Cricket Australia remained publicly mute throughout. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Board Games — a fatal flaw in Lord Woolf’s review

February 3, 2012

Sharda Ugra, in ESPN cricinfo

On Wednesday, all was sunshine and roses. The announcement that the ICC’s executive board had decided to split the role of its president and create a new job of chairman was accompanied by the board patting itself on the back. The board’s push for an “ambassadorial” rotational presidency, with the burden of governance on the new chairman was, the ICC’s CEO, Haroon Lorgat, said, “consistent with the recommendations of the Woolf Report“.

The Woolf report pointed out frostily that its recommendations “collectively should remain a priority and should not be cherry picked”. At first sight, a couple of the cherries looked far too juicy to not be picked. The president and chairman issue apart, the board’s assistance programme to help “lower-performing Full Members and higher performing Associates / Affiliates” also turned out to be in line with the Woolf panel. Given that the Woolf report was finally presented at lunchtime on Tuesday to the board, ending up on the same page with two of 65 recommendations the next day was not a bad start. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Headhunting for Aussie cricket coach begins…. Rixon, Moody, Arthur in the line-up

October 19, 2011

Peter Lalor, in the Australian, 19 October 2011

CRICKET Australia’s new general manager has hit the ground running and will begin interviews to find a new chairman of selectors this week.  Pat Howard, a former rugby union high-performance manager, was appointed last Friday and is being guided by Mark Taylor in the search for somebody to take on the new job. Howard’s hiring has allowed Cricket Australia to fast-track the recruitment of a new head coach and a new selection panel, including a full-time chairman, in line with changes recommended by the Argus review. The organisation announced yesterday it had appointed corporate headhunters to scour the world for potential candidates for the new role of head coach. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Wallaby Rugger Man to scrum down for Australian cricket

October 14, 2011

Peter Lalor, in The Australian 14 Oct. 2011, with title “”Cricket Australia picks a Wallaby, Pat Howard, to lead the way”

THE man appointed to lead Australian cricket out of the ash-strewn wilderness has played 20 Tests, but they did not involve stumps, red balls or lunch breaks. Pat Howard, 37, a former rugby international, was yesterday appointed to the new position of Cricket Australia’s general manager team performance. He played 20 Tests for the Wallabies during the 1990s and was recently the high-performance manager for the Australian Rugby Union, but admits his cricket playing experience is rather limited. Read the rest of this entry ?