Pat Howard becomes latest senior figure to leave Cricket Australia

Meanwhile, few sources quoted that Pat Howard’s winning mentality played a role in the ball-tampering saga during the review, which played a key role in his ouster.

Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with their 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 worldwide series.

The after-effects of the scathing cultural review into Cricket Australia (CA) continue as another wicket falls in the governing body.

Howard, who has been in the role since 2011, had meant to stay until the Ashes tour of England next year, the governing body announced last month, a week before releasing the Longstaff review.

Ex-national women’s captain Belinda Clark has been appointed interim head of Cricket Australia’s high-performance unit while two other executives will leave in yet more changes to sport’s domestic hierarchy in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

CA said broadcasting executive Ben Amarfio had left the business on Wednesday, with Stephanie Beltrame stepping into a new role as Interim EGM Broadcasting and Commercial.

Australia’s one-day vice-captain Alex Carey admitted players were surprised at the latest axings.

“I think it is important at this point in time that we give cricket a fresh start and we start looking forward so we that can heal”, Roberts told reporters in Melbourne.

During the course, the respective board in their performance review felt that they need to get the new person to replace Pat Howard immediately.

Roberts, who was the chief negotiator in the MOU talks a year ago, defended his appointment as chief executive, saying the review had commended him for his role in other initiatives such as uniting the states and territories, gender pay equity and commitment to community cricket.

The incident also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

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.

Taylor nominated Simon Katich as a contender to become a director but the former Test batsman has made it clear he has other pressing commitments.