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More changes for Cricket Australia

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Jon Pierik

Australian Test captain Michael Clarke in full flight at the SCG last year.

Australian Test captain Michael Clarke in full flight at the SCG last year. Photo: Steve Christo

ALREADY on the verge of revamping its outdated governance structure, Cricket Australia has revealed it is also set to overhaul its financial model and take control of venue arrangements for international matches.

While CA has largely been in charge of fixturing, each state currently operates its own international matches, and retains gate receipts and catering.

However, CA chairman Wally Edwards yesterday said this was a tired process and the game's governing body would now take charge, opting for what he said was ''model C''.

In return, CA will deliver a minimum financial distribution to each state, and will determine how much extra each state receives. New South Wales and Victoria, for instance, can expect the most revenue when the model is completed and adopted into a four-year cycle.

''We have all agreed that we are going to move to this model C and in model C Cricket Australia will take over the operation of all the international matches,'' Edwards said.

''They will do all the marketing of tickets, take all the cash, etc. In return for that, model C involves the provision of a minimum guaranteed grant to each state that will reflect a no-loss situation. Effectively, the states … will be better off, in fact.''

However, this process could lead to job losses, as CA looks to centralise the sport's operations.

Edwards said plans to cut the CA board from 14 members to nine, featuring one member from each state and three independents, were progressing.

CA continues to take feedback from all states, with a final resolution to be aired at a June 15 meeting. A special meeting will then be held in July, requiring 11 of the 14 members to agree to a smaller board. If passed, this will come into operation from October.

However, it wouldn't be for another three years before the board, after a review, would be totally independent, meaning a delegate would not be allowed to be on both a state and the CA board.

Edwards said the three-year period was needed because of legalities. He also endorsed a contentious point of last year's Argus report that led to the Australian captain again becoming a selector.

Michael Clarke may soon have to help decide whether to end the grand career of Ricky Ponting, who has struggled for runs on the tour of the West Indies. Edwards said the adventurous captaincy of Clarke had been an ''enlightenment'' on the field since he replaced Ponting.

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