Australia news August 13, 2010

Cricket Australia plans changes in board structure

Cricket Australia will consider dismantling its out-dated board structure in favour of a more streamlined and representative model. Talk of a move towards a commission-style executive was the result of a board meeting on Friday that also confirmed the start of an eight-team domestic Twenty20 competition for 2011-12.

Currently six state sides play in the extremely popular Twenty20 Big Bash but that will be expanded to include regional outfits. "We've been asked to consider all the issues to go full-steam ahead with the league and launch it a year earlier," James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's chief executive, said.

The board meeting came at the end of a week-long Australian cricket conference to plan for the future and the potential remodelling covers all levels. The initial top-level structure under discussion is a six-person board, with one member from each state, along with up to four invited directors. Changes to the six state boards are also expected.

"There's a whole range of reasons why the board has chosen to implement a review of the governance of CA," Sutherland said. "Certainly one of the things we talked about quite often [at the conference] was the importance of cricket ensuring that we had the interests of the whole Australian community represented throughout cricket, from the board to volunteer level.

"It is something the board wants to get into with some haste, there is some work that needs to be done between now and the next [board] meeting to see how it is to take place. There are numerous moves afoot in various sports for them to be changing their governance model, and one of the considerations for us will be to benchmark world's best practice."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo