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Ian Healy Expected To Join Cricket Australia Board

F
ormer cricketing great Ian Healy has confirmed he has been approached to join the Cricket Australia (CA) board.

Speaking on Brisbane breakfast program, SEN Track radio, the former Test wicketkeeper and past president of the Australian Cricketers’ Association said he is considering the role.

“Queensland has decided to nominate me if I want to do it, I’ve just got to find out if I’ve got time,” Healy said.

“We’ve got another two options in Chris Simpson and Jon Dooley, but they’re pretty busy at the moment. I’m probably best placed out of us three at the moment, but we’ll see how it goes.

“I’d need to get off the Queensland Cricket board,” Healy added.

CA is currently preparing for the revised summer season.

The governing body is hopeful quarantine exemptions will be approved so dates for Australia’s Test series against India can be announced.

The lack of approved tour schedule from India’s side is creating restlessness, particularly at free-to-air broadcast partner Channel 7.

CA and Seven West Media remain in a standoff over a discount in broadcast fees in the COVID-19-affected season.

The Australian Chamber for International and Commercial Arbitration is currently reviewing the CA-Seven dispute over a six-year contract worth $450 million.

CA’s turbulent year is also highlighted with the departure of chief executive Kevin Roberts in June and the premature resignation of director, Michael Kasprowicz in July.

Healy’s appointment would replace Kasprowicz as the representative from Queensland.

The board consists of six directors nominated by the six states and three independents.

Further changes include former NSW premier, Mike Baird replacing current representative Richard Freudenstein, who will move to a vacant independent position.

Healy and Baird are set to join the likes of former player and commentator Mel Jones, Tasmanian director Paul Green and independent director Michelle Tredenick.

While CA’s board diversity targets call for 40 percent female representation, the predicted configuration would leave only Mel Jones and Michelle Tredenick among the nine directors.

Healy’s appointment is likely to be approved prior to Cricket Australia’s AGM on October 29.