Cricket Australia (CA) have appointed former international Avril Fahey to the Women's National Selection Panel, where she will chair the Women's Youth Selection Panel (WYSP).
Fahey, who played for Australia betweeen 1994 and 2001 will work with coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick and fellow selectors Julie Savage and Julie Hayes.
She announced her retirement from cricket last season having first played for Western Australia in 1992 and is now looking forward to the next chapter in her cricket life.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to join the Women’s National Selection Panel and hope that my playing experience, at both state and national level, as well as my previous experience on the National Youth Selection panel will provide me with the necessary background to make a contribution and fulfil the position," she said.
"Women's cricket is growing in popularity and the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are newly crowned ICC WT20 Champions and also about to head off to the 50-over World Cup early next year so this is a really exciting time to be involved at the elite level of the game."
National Chair of Selectors Julie Savage added: "I am pleased Avril is joining the panel. The combination of her past international playing experience, recent involvement in the state system and her previous role on the WYSP will stand her in good stead to fulfil the criteria of the position with distinction."
The news comes days after Australia successfully retained their ICC Women's World Twenty20 title with a four-run win over England in Colombo.
During her playing career, Fahey played six Tests and 40 One-Day Internationals as an off-spinner. She was a World Cup winner in 1997 and also played when Australia lost to New Zealand in the 2000 final.
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