Cricket Australia picks Ben Olivier, Drew Ginn to replace Howard

Cricket Australia has appointed Ben Oliver to the position of Executive General Manager of the national teams, and Drew Ginn as OAM to the role of EGM, the board announced on Monday (June 17). The duo will take joint control of the responsibilities previously under the purview of Pat Howard, the former General Manager,Team Performance.Ginn, a triple Olympics rowing gold-medalist, will be based in Melbourne and Olivier, former Victoria and Tasmania cricketer, in Brisbane. The duo start office on July 29.Shortly after replacing James Sutherland, Howard was sacked by CA’s new chief executive Kevin Roberts, in November last year, in the wake of the ethics review of Australian cricket that followed the infamous Newlands ball tampering scandal. While the governing body took its time to find a replacement, and eventually decided on two men for a joint role, the position was temporarily filled by two-time former World Cup-winning captain and executive in charge of community cricket, Belinda Clark.
In his new role, Ginn is charged with developing the highest quality domestic competitions and fostering collaboration across other aspects of the high performance system with State and Territory Associations to develop the players, coaches and match officials of the future.“I am looking forward to joining Cricket Australia and having the opportunity to work more broadly across the National system,” Ginn said. “The past two years with Cricket Tasmania have been immensely rewarding. “This is a chance to continue the work I have enjoyed locally and to now work closely with many great people involved in leading our domestic, national and youth competitions along with the leaders of our State programs, and those leaders in our Cricket Australia pathway programs, and our sports science and sports medicine areas.”Meanwhile, Oliver has previously held roles with CA, Cricket Victoria and the ICC. He then worked closely with the current Australian coach Justin Langer as the high performance manager for Western Australia since 2012.“I have devoted most of my adult life to cricket, in both playing and high-performance roles, and I am extremely proud and humbled to continue that association as EGM, National Teams.