Melbourne, Aug 19: In major overhaul of Cricket Australia's Selection Panel, head selector Andrew Hilditch's tenure has been brought to a close, while Greg Chappell will also be ousted from the panel.
Following approval of several recommendations put forward by an independent committee, Cricket Australia has initiated the process of setting up a 5-member selection panel with a full-time chairman and two independent selectors. Meanwhile, the national senior team's captain and coach have also had their responsibility bolstered and will be made selectors.
"The position is a full-time role," Aussie captain MIchael Clarke said. "Andrew (Hilditch) is not available to work full time. He has just started up a new legal practice so he is not available to apply for the role."
Meanwhile, coach Tim Nielsen and Australia's captain, Michael Clarke, will immediately be made selectors for the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka, while Chappell, will retain his job as talent organiser till the system is restructured. There is some doubt however, whether Nielsen will remain coach.
"Tim can apply for the job and he may well get the job. But it's a different role, and in a restructure, you don't just give someone the job in a new role."
Another key change will be the appointment of a general manager of team performance, who will report to the CEO and oversee coaching and selection.
The aforesaid recommendations emerged from a thorough review conducted due to the progressively poor performances of the Australian side, culminating in a humiliating Ashes defeat.
Currently, Australia are fifth on the ICC's Test rankings, and are in jeopardy of losing out on a place in the inaugural Test match World Championship, to be conducted in 2013.