FORMER Test captain Mark Taylor could be one of three independent directors appointed to Cricket Australia’s new, modernised board following a landmark moment in Australian cricket governance.
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CA hailed the reforms adopted at yesterday’s extraordinary general meeting – a smaller, nine-person board (cut from 14) comprising six state-appointed directors and three independents – as the most significant since its foundation 107 years ago.

It has committed to a fully independent board within three years. The new structure gives each state an equal voice for the first time and heralds a huge leap forward from the parochialism and self-interest that once thrived around the board table because of the outdated delegate system.

The state associations decided which six directors kept their jobs. They are chairman Wally Edwards, South Australia’s John Bannon, Victoria’s Earl Eddings, Cricket NSW chairman Harry Harinath, former Queensland and Test fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz and Tasmania’s Tony Harrison.

Taylor is one of eight who relinquished their positions, but if he resigns as a director of Cricket NSW it is believed he has a strong chance of returning as an independent when the new board is unveiled in October.

Edwards, who drove the changes in response to the Crawford-Carter governance review, described a ”long, hard slog” towards change.

South Australia, which along with Victoria and NSW had three votes under the old system to Queensland and WA’s two and Tasmania’s one, was the last to fall into line.

”Today all states are equal in terms of votes,” Edwards said. ”We’ve moved an enormous amount of distance. I’ve been on the board 16 years and we’ve had three previous attempts to try and get some equity and we haven’t been able to move past the initial debate. This time we have come right through that debate and we’ve had states give up rights, and that has been a terrific thing for the game.”

He said there was ”strong potential” for one of the three independents to be a woman. They will be decided by a high-powered committee, including former BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus, author of the landmark review into the Australian team.

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