Howard lands Australia role
Cricket Australia has appointed former Wallaby and Australian Rugby Union high performance manager Pat Howard to the new role of general manager, team performance.
Howard will oversee the Australia team head coach, captain, chairman of selectors and team manager as part of his role, which was one of the key recommendations of the Argus review adopted by the Cricket Australia board in August.
In addition, state cricket managers will work closely with Howard as part of a co-ordinated focus to develop international players from domestic ranks.
Howard, who will also be responsible for women's cricket, said he was attracted by the opportunity to co-ordinate an integrated approach to Australian cricket high performance.
"The timing of the new role off the back of Argus review makes this an exciting time in Australian cricket," he said.
"It is a great opportunity for anybody interested in sports leadership."
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, who revealed there was strong interest in the vacancies for a full-time national selector and other selectors along with a head coach, expressed his organisation’s delight at Howard's appointment.
"He has a background of success as a player, selector and coach, including 20 Tests as an Australian player, as well as playing and coaching success with the Leicester Tigers in England and was a high performance GM (general manager) with the ARU.
"He brings vital qualities in what is a pivotal new role with a singular focus on Australian team performance.
"His priority will be ensuring that all of Australia's high performance cricket programs dovetail in a manner that helps us produce the best men's and women's teams in the world."
A qualified pharmacist, Howard's commercial experience includes his current role as chief operating officer of Cromwell Property Group and he is a former board member of the Rugby Union Players Association.