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    Cricket Australia considers structural revamp

    Melbourne: The major overhaul of Australian cricket has moved from the field to the boardroom, with senior officials supporting a structural change which chairman Wally Edwards has described as "the most sweeping reforms in our 106-year history."

    A review by governance experts David Crawford and Colin Carter recommended a reduction in the size of the Cricket Australia board from 14 to nine directors, the introduction of independent members and the inclusion of the CEO as an executive director on the board.

    The existing board contains three members from each of the Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia state associations, two each from Queensland and Western Australia and one from Tasmania.

    The review proposes that each state nominates one member apiece, with three independent members to be recruited based on skill and experience.

    The CA board met on Thursday in Melbourne and decided to send the review findings back to the state associations ahead of a vote on the proposed changes at a scheduled meeting in February.

    Edwards said he hoped the changes could be implemented by June 30.

    Australia's home Ashes series defeat last January caused a nationwide rethink of how the game is played and administered across the country.

    The Australians dominated international cricket for more than a decade but slumped as low as No. 5 in the Test rankings after the Ashes series loss to England, and then failed to make the final at a World Cup for the first time since 1992.

    An overhaul of the structure around the national team has been completed, with a new captain, coach, selectors and a general manager of team performance all appointed in the past year.