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Howard joins exodus from Cricket Australia

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Howard joins exodus from Cricket Australia

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Cricket Australia's high performance boss Pat Howard is the latest major casualty after last week's damaging review as the fallout continues for Australian cricket.

On another dramatic day at Jolimont, CA's general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial Ben Amarfio left on Wednesday as part of a major reshuffle of the governing body's executive team under new chief executive Kevin Roberts.

Pat Howard is set to leave Cricket Australia earlier than expected.

Pat Howard is set to leave Cricket Australia earlier than expected.Credit:Anthony Johnson

Howard will leave next week ahead of his previo usly flagged finish date, after next year's Ashes series. Belinda Clark will take over from Howard with a permanent replacement to be named in the new year.

Howard, a former Wallaby, was responsible for the high performance culture that was savaged by The Ethics Centre's review into the game after the ball tampering crisis in South Africa.

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Howard, who joined CA in 2011, implemented many of the recommendations outlined in the Argus review, which was commissioned to address the declining performance of the national men's team after the heavy Ashes defeat in 2010/11.

Many slammed Australia's "win at all costs" culture after the events in South Africa though the review found slightly differently but was also damning.

"In our opinion, CA’s fault is not that it established a culture of ‘win at all costs’. Rather, it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to ‘winning without count ing the costs,’" the review said.

"It is this approach that has led, inadvertently, to the situation in which cricket finds itself today â€" for good and for ill."

Howard and Amarfio follow chairman David Peever and long serving board member Mark Taylor out of the organisation since the release of the report, while James Sutherland left two weeks ago after announcing his resignation in June.

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Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are serving suspensions stemming from the Newlands scandal while Darren Lehmann quit as coach in the days after.

Amarfio had helped engineer the record $1.182 billion TV deal but there was disharmony over CA's negotiation tactics with stakeholders. He had copped criticism for having his PA cook him hot breakfasts at work.

There was no room for Amarfio, who was effect ively made redundant. His broadcasting, digital media and commercial portfolio has been split into two with Stephanie Beltrame to fill the new role as interim EGM broadcasting and commercial.

Digital has been moved to the events and leagues department and renamed fan engagement, to be led by Big Bash League boss Anthony Everard.

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