CA have employed recruiting firm Egon Zehnder to help fill both roles. The Age understands that candidates for the positions recently received correspondence from Egon Zehnder outlining in greater depth the position description for the pair of roles. Whereas cricket experience is considered a non-negotiable for the team position, it is not mandatory for the high performance job, although having a cricket background would be considered ideal.
That is despite one of the major criticisms of the polarising Howard being that he didn’t come from a cricket background, having come from rugby, including earning 20 caps for the Wallabies between 1993 and 1997.
Having a sport background is however a non-negotiable for the role, while a history of leading cultural change is necessary, particularly pertinent given the deep-seated cultural issues in Australian cricket identified in the damning Longstaff Report released at the start of the season.
Australian cricket great Belinda Clark has filled the Howard role on an interim basis since November, and will continue to do so until the new positions are filled, expected to be mid-year. She also remain executive general manager of community cricket.
CA have also been in the process of replacing assistant coach David Saker with another bowling coach for the crucial World Cup and Ashes tours. CA indicated to states that they were open to having separate bowling coaches for the World Cup and Ashes. Troy Cooley has been filling in since Saker left in February.