New chair, or new board? Cricket Australia’s leadership in flux

Freudenstein, the former Foxtel chief executive and current Sydney University vice-chancellor who was nominated to the board by Cricket NSW in 2019, said CA’s board was open to the concept of splitting the domestic and international roles of the chair, and acknowledged the difficulty of finding directors who had sufficient time to take the job.

”It is quite a demanding role, and I think any candidate that puts themselves forward for that has to be aware of the time responsibilities and willing to commit to them,” he said. “I think we need to keep thinking about how we can share responsibilities across the board.”

Among current CA directors, Freudenstein, Lachlan Henderson and Vanessa Guthrie are considered the most capable candidates to become permanent chair. Any move to pass the chair on to John Harnden or Michelle Tredenick, both board directors prior to the 2018 Newlands scandal and both up for re-election next year, would likely be opposed by the states in the same way that Eddings’ tenure was ultimately ended.

Freudenstein expressed surprise at concerns about the nominations committee process. Subsequent comments by the Cricket Victoria chair, David Maddocks, who defended Eddings’ legacy, and the South Australia Cricket Association president, Andrew Sinclair, suggested that consensus was some way from being reached.

CA’s finances balanced out creditably after last season, but the old state of certainty is still some way off returning – particularly after this year’s Ashes series was subject to a major reduction in the rights fee paid by its UK broadcaster, BT Sport.


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