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Mark Waugh to step down as Australian cricket team selector

Mark Waugh will not renew his contract as a selector with Cricket Australia once it ends in August this year.

cricket Updated: May 15, 2018 11:13 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell (R) speaks with team selector Mark Waugh during a training session at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on September 23, 2017. Waugh will not be renewing his contract as an Australian selector.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell (R) speaks with team selector Mark Waugh during a training session at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on September 23, 2017. Waugh will not be renewing his contract as an Australian selector.(AFP)
         

Mark Waugh will not renew his job as a national selector with Cricket Australia when his current contract runs out August end. The former batsman will spend more time commentating on the game, according to reports. (IPL LIVE)

Mark Waugh has signed as a commentator for FOX Sports that has jointly with Channel Seven won the rights to broadcast Australian cricket for six years.

Waugh is currently the chairman of Australia’s T20 national selection panel. It also has former captain Greg Chappell and new head coach Justin Langer.

Waugh’s last set of selection assignments will include picking the squads for a five-match ODI and a one-off T20 match in England. He will also pick the squad for a tri-series in Zimbabwe where Pakistan will be the third team.

Mark Waugh, who has scored over 8,000 runs across Tests and ODIs, was part of the selection panel for almost four years. His departure comes ahead of the World T20 in 2020.

‘GREAT JOB DONE’

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager – Team Performance, Pat Howard, said: “We thank Mark for his service over the past four years and the great job he has done as a National Selector.

“Being a selector is not an easy task, and Mark has made an important contribution to Australia’s on-field success alongside his fellow panel members.

“Mark was specifically brought in for white ball cricket and he should be very pleased with his contribution to the 2015 World Cup victory”.

“In recent times, Mark’s in-depth knowledge of the T20 game and the KFC Big Bash League has come to the fore.

“As lead selector in this format, he has identified talent in the Big Bash League and helped to create a strong Australian T20 squad, which has risen up to second on the ICC rankings and laid a platform for what we hope will be a successful World T20 campaign in 2020 on home soil.

“We’re disappointed to lose Mark, but wish him all the best in his new role and we are pleased he will still have heavy involvement in the game.”

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the National Selection Panel, and it has been a tough decision to choose not to continue in my role,” Mark Waugh said.

“Working alongside my fellow selectors, the coaching staff and players over the past four years has been a privilege, and I’m proud of the achievements of the Australian teams across all formats in this time.

“I firmly believe Australian cricket has a wealth of talented players in its ranks right now, and I look forward to watching the team continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come.”

First Published: May 14, 2018 19:18 IST