Australia news September 2, 2015

Lillee quits as WACA president

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dennis Lillee: "I cannot stand by and watch what is happening at the WACA" © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Former fast-bowling great Dennis Lillee has reportedly quit as president of the WACA. The West Australian has reported that Lillee stood down on Tuesday evening, two days before a report was due to be released on how much cricket should remain at the WACA Ground and how much should be moved to Perth's new stadium at Burswood.

"I cannot stand by and watch what is happening at the WACA," Lillee told the paper. "I do not wish to be part of it any longer."

According to the West Australian, the upcoming report is likely to recommend that Test cricket remains at the WACA Ground but most forms of limited-overs cricket, including BBL games, be moved to Burswood. The new stadium is due to open in 2018.

Lillee's departure comes after former Test fast bowler Sam Gannon last month announced that he would not seek re-election as chairman of the WACA. Both men joined the board in 2004 as part of a significant shake-up of the organisation.

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