Pat Howard to step down as Cricket Australia blood-letting continues

Pat Howard right enjoys a moment with Justin Langer after Langer's elevation to Australian coach in May

Pat Howard right enjoys a moment with Justin Langer after Langer's elevation to Australian coach in May

Pat Howard and Amarfio, two of the most polarising and powerful figures at CA, were shown the door by chief executive Kevin Roberts.

Howard, a former Australia rugby union worldwide, had been CA's high performance manager since 2011 and was due to stay until after next year's Ashes series.

Cricket Australia's push for cultural change took on new meaning on Wednesday morning, when executive Ben Amarfio was escorted from the organisation's headquarters in Melbourne.

AAP understands the exit of Amarfio, CA's general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial, was more messy.

His critics also questioned why Howard was not held to account for the poor performance of the Australian men's team since his appointment in 2011 and for the ball-tampering affair.

The creation of Howard's senior role, which involved responsibilities including the hiring and firing of senior coaches plus helping conduct a formal investigation of the ball-tampering saga, was one of the key recommendations of the Argus review.

"It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket community", Roberts said in a statement.

"The tactics (from Ten) are appalling on a number of levels. they are not prepared to challenge their operating model to be anything other than bottom feeders in this market", Peever wrote.

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. Aaron Finch's Australia were thrashed by six wickets by South Africa in Perth on Sunday in the first match of a three-ODI series, which was also the first global match of the Australian summer.

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