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Australian chief selector resigns

Trevor Hohns resigned as chairman of Australian cricket's national selection panel after 10 years in the high-pressure job.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 15:38 IST

Trevor Hohns resigned on Tuesday as chairman of Australian cricket's national selection panel after 10 years in the high-pressure job, saying he wanted to devote more time to his business commitments.

Hohns' reign spanned one of the most successful periods in Australian cricketing history. He helped pick the country's all-conquering Test and one-day teams.

Cricket Australia Chairman Creagh O'Connor paid tribute to Hohns, who had served on the selection panel since 1993 and been its chairman since 1996.

He will leave the post within a week. "Trevor has fulfilled one of Australian crickets most important roles in what has been one of the most successful eras in our history," O'Connor said in a statement.

O'Connor said Hohns, 52, "played a pivotal part in helping Australia remain the number one Test and one-day international team in world cricket over a sustained period."

Hohns said he enjoyed his tenure, but now wanted to dedicate more time to his business interests. He operates a sports equipment company.

"Despite its obvious challenges, I have certainly enjoyed the role and can only hope that my contribution has in some small way assisted Australian cricket," he said.

No replacement was immediately announced, and Cricket Australia spokesman Graeme Vimpani said one would likely not be named for several weeks.

Other members of the Cricket Australia selection panel include former Australian players David Boon and Merv Hughes. Andrew Hilditch, 49, is now the most senior member of the panel with 10 seasons of experience.