Wood replaces Dodemaide as WACA chief executive

Graeme Wood, the former Test batsman, will replace Tony Dodemaide as the Western Australian Cricket Association's chief executive next month. Dodemaide is moving to a similar job in Victoria and Wood will leave a senior management position with Foster's to accept the role.

David Williams, the WACA chairman, said he was "delighted" with the appointment. "Not only is Graeme one of the state's most highly decorated players, but he offers years of experience as a senior executive and brings a range of marketing, administrative and financial skills coupled with a deep knowledge of the landscape of cricket."

Wood, who played 59 Tests for Australia and also led Western Australia to a hat-trick of Sheffield Shield titles in the mid-1980s, said he was looking forward to continuing the progress the WACA has made over the last three years.

"I have a deep connection to the WACA from my time as a player and more recently as a board member and chairman of selectors and I know this will hold me in good stead," he said. "I'm very much looking forward to tackling the challenges ahead, including the appointment of a new coach, the on-going major stadia debate and the continuing process of bringing all of cricket in Western Australia under the WACA umbrella."