FORMER Test captain Mark Taylor could yet be one of three independent directors appointed to Cricket Australia’s new, modernised board following a landmark moment in the governance of Australian cricket.
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CA hailed the reforms adopted at yesterday’s extraordinary general meeting – a smaller, nine-person board 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 in the running of Australian cricket for the first time, and heralds a huge leap forward from the parochialism and self-interest that has thrived around the board table as a result of the outdated delegate system.

The six directors who kept their jobs were determined by their state associations and they are chairman Wally Edwards, South Australia’s John Bannon, Victorian Earl Eddings, Harry Harinath from NSW, former Queensland and Test fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz and Tasmania’s Tony Harrison.

Taylor is one of eight CA directors who relinquished their positions but if he resigns as a director of Cricket NSW it is believed he has a strong chance of returning to the top echelons of Australian cricket as an independent director.

Edwards, who joined the board as a West Australian delegate 16 years ago and has driven 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, was the last state 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.”

”Australian cricket needs a governance that the modern sport deserves as a highly professional, major player in the global sport and entertainment arena.

”The outgoing governance served the sport well, as our long-term record in community participation, on-field international performance, and winning a place as a part of our national identity over the decades shows. But we are no longer a group of stand-alone states seeking to collectively organise international cricket matches – we are increasingly thinking and acting as one unified national sport facing increasing competition for the public’s attention and support.”

He added that there was ”strong potential” for one of the initial three independent directors to be a woman. They will be decided by a high-powered committee, including the former BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus, author of the landmark review that prompted a radical overhaul of Australian cricket’s selection, coaching and pay structures.

The new board is to take effect from the AGM on October 25.

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