Pat Howard becomes latest senior figure to leave Cricket Australia

Pat Howard is the latest casualty at Cricket Australia

Pat Howard is the latest casualty at Cricket Australia

High performance manager Pat Howard has become the latest senior figure to leave Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal.

Howard, who took his role in 2011 in the wake of the Argus review, had indicated he would not renew his contract when it expired next year, but new CA CEO Kevin Roberts has hastened his departure, which will now take place next week.

Howard, a former Australia rugby union global, had been CA's high performance manager since 2011 and was due to stay until after next year's Ashes series.

Cricket Australia's executive general manager of Broadcasting, Digital Media and Commercial, Ben Amarfio, has been sacked, effective immediately.

"It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community. Everyone at CA is focused on rebuilding and moving forward after what has been a turbulent year in Australian cricket", he added.

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Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with its men's teams losing a Test series to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and being whitewashed 5-0 by England in a one-day global series.

The Longstaff review criticised CA for fostering a "winning without counting the cost" culture and blamed the governing body in part for the ball-tampering crisis, which led to the suspensions of former captain Steve Smith and two other players.

Amarfio has long rubbed CA staff the wrong way, with the most notable example being a request that his secretary cook and serve him a hot breakfast in his glass-encased office.

Chairman David Peever and board member and former captain Mark Taylor have both resigned since the review.

Howard played worldwide rugby union for Australia.

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