Pat Howard, the team's head of performance for Cricket Australia, will not look for an extension of his current contract, which means he will end a tenure that began after the 2011 Argus review at the end of the Ashes tour of England. next year at
Installed as "a single point of responsibility for team performance" as one of the recommendations of the Argus review, Howard has been arguably the most debated figure in Australian cricket in the past seven years. He signed a contract extension in May of last year to take his time in CA until 2019, reflecting those of former coach Darren Lehmann and his support staff. However, all faced a great storm of criticism after the ball-handling scandal in Newlands, which forced Lehmann to resign immediately.
Although Howard's team, the CA wing, is expected to face many criticisms in the independent cultural review of the Newlands commissioner, he commissioned his facilitator, Simon Longstaff, saying that the performance of the men's team represented only "25%" of your work.
"It will be interesting where it goes and I do not". I do not know where he is going. I have not had anything to do with that, "Howard told News Corp last month." I'm in charge of the men's and women's teams and the youth teams, so I guess if the environment had been the same everywhere … I would have a different opinion, but I do not think [problems] was coherent in all teams. .
"The cultural review asked a question about it [win-at-all-costs culture] and I said that I am happy to give my KPIs as a starting point, about 25 percent is in results, that is, in winning, and then there are many things in Do not get me wrong, I want people to be the best they can be, including myself, players, managers, all of us, but I do not think they have a culture of winning at all costs. My most proud tour was the 2017 Indian tour, which we lost. "
A CA spokesman said that Howard's decision not to renew his contract, which he had recently been reporting to CA staff and players and the national team, was unrelated to the impending release. "Pat had previously indicated that he would not seek the renewal of the contract beyond the end of the ash series of 2019, when his contract had to be concluded, "the spokesperson said. "The decision is yours and is not related to it, the revisions will be published on Monday, a recruitment process will be decided and announced in due time, but there is plenty of time for this to be considered."
Since joining a rugby fund in CA at the end of 2011, Howard has been almost in permanent movement at work, tried many things and also developed a long list of critics. His innovations have included the return of bonus points to the Sheffield Shield and the Dukes' trial in the second half of recent seasons, the use of wellness applications to monitor the health of CA players hired, encourage greater management of Rapid bowlers to reduce their injury rate, moving the domestic limited tournament to the front of the season and using the ICC academy in Dubai to prepare for a competitive presentation at the 2017 Tour India.
Howard was also an advocate for the introduction of performance pay to national teams, according to the recommendations of the Argus review, during the negotiation of the 2012 MoU. The scheme was maintained for the current memorandum of understanding, during which Howard and Sutherland completed engagement talks with the Australian Cricketers Association after the game was halted by the players' dispute with CA's chief negotiator Kevin Roberts, who has since been named as the new Executive Director
However, he has faced criticism from numerous sectors of the game in Australia for the perceived marginality of Sheffield Shield and limited tournaments, and the perpetuation of a system oriented towards the search for great players at the expense of simply very good. A famous and combative character, it was recently revealed that he sent a scathing email to the performance staff after a Test-Proof defeat to Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2017.