FORMER Test player Simon Katich has distanced himself as a potential contender to take Mark Taylor’s vacant place on Cricket Australia’s Board.
Taylor on Monday became CA’s third director to resign this year, following David Peever and Bob Every out the door as the fall out from a damning independent report on the culture within the sport’s governing body continues.
Taylor’s exit leaves Michael Kasprowicz as the only former first-class or international player on CA’s board, a worrying result given the “commercialisation of cricket” was among many concerns flagged by The Ethics Centre in their report on culture within the national team’s set-up.
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Following his exit, Taylor flagged Katich, Belinda Clark and her fellow former Australia captain Alex Blackwell – the first woman to serve on the Cricket NSW board – as possible contenders to replace him at CA.
But Katich, assistant coach of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, said he has other pressing commitments, including family.
“I’ve got too much on my plate,” Katich told the Daily Telegraph.
“Mark Taylor spoke about his conflict with media commitments and the board role and I have signed to work with Channel 7 and SEN during the summer so I would be equally compromised.
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“I’m contracted and I am going to honour that contract. I would love to help but I am happy doing what I am doing.
“The other thing is I have a young family and gave so much time during the MOU negotiations over 12 months that I was determined to spend as much time with my boys in the next few years because the time goes fast when they are young.”
Katich also believes that there should be more people held to account for the crisis engulfing the governing body.
“There are more answerable at the moment than those who have paid the price,” he said.
“Our high performance system needs to be looked at, obviously Pat Howard is responsible for that and Greg Chappell is also responsible. I don’t think this has ended yet.”