Rod Marsh eyes Hilditch job on selection panel

August 20th, 2011 - 2:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Aug 20 (IANS) Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh is interested in taking over as chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP) of Cricket Australia (CA).

The Age reported that Marsh is a potential replacement for departing chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, but CA will conduct a thorough global search for a head coach to share the selection duties.

The daily reported that the Don Argus-headed review panel in its report exposed “a system fallen into desperate disrepair, depicting a broken pathway from backyard to baggy green, a weak team culture, a contract system that pays players more than they are worth and a management team that has taken its eye off the ball in the most alarming way.”

The report proposes a dramatic restructure, starting with selection, designed to take Australia back to the top of the cricket world within four years.

The report proposes a new contract system, which will be more performance oriented.

“This means Australian players will be paid more when the team is (and they are) performing well and less when it isn’t (and they aren’t),” the report said.

The players’ union last night said it was open to discussions aimed at making Australian cricket strong again, but would fight to keep the players’ 26 per cent share of revenue.

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