Cricket Australia’s Board of Directors has endorsed former Test great Rod Marsh as Chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP), replacing John Inverarity who has elected to stand down from the role following two and a half years as Chair.
Marsh is set to move from his current part-time position on the NSP to a full-time role leading a new-look panel that includes National Coach Darren Lehmann, along with new members, Australian Test and One-Day International great Mark Waugh and former NSP Chairman Trevor Hohns.
Current selector Andy Bichel’s term on the NSP has not been renewed.
In announcing the changes, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland paid tribute to Inverarity and Bichel.
“When John Inverarity took over as National Selector the Australian Test team was ranked fourth in the world and its on-field performance was well short of where it is today,” Mr Sutherland said.
“He leaves his post with Australian teams in a position of strength holding the number one ranking in Test and One-Day International cricket. That reflects his commitment and the astute judgment he brought to the role at a challenging time for Australian cricket.
“After deciding to stand down as Chair, he recently indicated that he was prepared to continue on the NSP for another 12 months if required. Directors determined that with John stepping down as Chairman, it was the appropriate time to bring new personnel into the group.
“We thank John for his leadership and the integrity and insight he brought to the role throughout his tenure as the National Selector and the lifelong commitment he has given to Australian cricket.
“Andy Bichel made a great contribution at the selection table for two and a half years just as he also did as a player for Australia and Queensland. He faced challenges balancing the heavy travel schedule associated with being a selector, coaching at the Chennai Super Kings and raising a young family. We fully understand and respect that.”
Mr Sutherland said Marsh, who has been offered a three-year contract, has the experience and knowledge to carry out the challenging responsibilities of leading the NSP.
“Rod Marsh is the right man to take on this important role having been a key member of the panel since 2011,” he said.
“His track record speaks for itself. He brings a wealth of experience to the position, having been a leading player, coach and most recently a selector. Throughout his days as a player he was the absolute embodiment of the Baggy Green Cap and to this day is widely respected throughout the game.
“He has a great eye for talent and has strong relationships throughout international cricket.”
Marsh remains one of the most respected wicket-keepers to have ever played international cricket. His Test career spanned 14 years from 1970-1984. During this time he collected a then-record of 355 dismissals.
From 1990 to 2001 he oversaw the development of Australia’s best young cricketers as Head Coach of the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy. Throughout that time, the Academy, under the guidance of Marsh, helped launch the international career of 27 Australian players including Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
Marsh then worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board as the inaugural Director of its National Academy and later as a selector.
Commenting on the introduction of Mark Waugh to the NSP, Mr Sutherland said the Australian Cricket Hall of Famer would bring fresh ideas with a particular focus on the limited-overs formats.
“We think Mark will bring great experience to the role. His particular focus will be on our limited-overs program. He was one of the world’s greatest one-day international players. We think he can add a lot, particularly in an important World Cup year,” he said.
Mr Sutherland said Trevor Hohns will bring unrivalled selection experience to the panel having been a national selector from 1993 to 2006, including 10 years as Chairman of the panel. Since 2011, he has been a selector for Queensland Cricket and a State Talent Manager in Queensland. In rejoining the NSP, Hohns will stand down as the Queensland Selection Panel Chair.
“Trevor oversaw selection during an era when Australian teams dominated international cricket. We think he can provide great insight to the selection panel as we work to achieve long-term success.”
The new NSP will come together on 1 July 2014 with all current selectors seeing out their contracts.
Subsequently, Marsh will relinquish his role as CA’s Manager – Elite Coaching Development. CA will now start the search for a replacement for this position.