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Taylor to miss out on board spot

Daniel Brettig

September 27, 2012

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Tony Greig, Mark Taylor, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry, Channel 9 commentators, attend the launch of the Ashes, Sydney, November 16, 2010
Mark Taylor has juggled television commentary work with his board duties © Getty Images
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Mark Taylor's name is expected to be missing when the three candidates for Australian cricket's first fully independent board directorships are revealed on Friday.

The former Australian captain and a longtime Cricket Australia board member, Taylor lost his place when it was streamlined to one member from each of the six states at an historic general meeting earlier this year. The one spot for New South Wales went instead to Harry Harinath, the Cricket NSW chairman.

In subsequent weeks Taylor resigned his spot on the Cricket NSW board, seemingly making himself available for one of the independent spots.

However ESPNcricinfo understands the search for independent directors, overseen by a committee including the CA chairman Wally Edwards, the former BHP chairman Don Argus and the Ferrier Hodgson co-founder Tony Hodgson, has taken a different path.

Widely touted as a future CA chairman almost from the moment he retired as Australia's Test captain in 1999, Taylor has juggled television commentary work with his administrative positions, and argued passionately for the reform of Australian cricket's governance in NSW this year. However he will now need to wait until the other state-based members of the board filter out over a period of years if he is to regain a spot at the table.

Mark Taylor statement upon losing his board spot

  • "I recently resigned from the NSW Cricket Board believing that, after 13 years, it was time for a new face on the Board. At the August Board meeting, I supported Dr Harinath's nomination to the Cricket Australia Board as I believe he will do an excellent job for the game. Although disappointed in not being nominated as an independent Director for the new Cricket Australia Board, I won't be lost to cricket administration. My time on the Boards of both Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia has given me an extensive appreciation as to what is involved in administering the game at State and National levels. I will consider future administrative roles in cricket should they arise in the future."

Taylor's absence from the first trio of independent candidates for the board will be a surprise to many in NSW in particular, but Edwards has previously made it clear that he wanted the new directors to be drawn from far and wide, reflecting the diversity of 21st century Australia. There is a high probability that at least one of the candidates will be female.

The quest was managed by the global search company Egon Zehnder, and initially turned up as many as 100 candidates. The level of interest in CA board positions emanating from the corporate world has provided a reminder of the decision-making talent now available under a structure that no longer requires board members to spend years slogging through state association politics in order to reach the Jolimont boardroom.

Edwards, Argus, Hodgson, South Australian Cricket Association president Ian McLachlan and the Cricket Victoria chairman Geoff Tamblyn were all in Melbourne last week to conduct interviews with a shortlist of candidates. Should their three choices be approved by the board, their admission to the board will be voted on at the CA AGM on October 25.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by popcorn on (September 27, 2012, 23:41 GMT)

This is most unfortunate. I cannot think of a better man than Mark"Tubby" Taylor,well -respected,well -accepted THROUGHOUT the World Cricket Fraternity,a future ICC Chairman.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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