Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that independent reviews are to be conducted into its governance of the sport and Australia's performance.
The news comes in the wake of Australia's 3-1 Ashes defeat at the hands of England and the reviews are set to begin later this month.
"The reviews will get underway once the terms of reference, scope and timelines have been finalised by the independent consultants to be engaged by the board," CA Chairman Jack Clarke said.
“We intend to have the reviews completed by our Annual General Meeting in October. We will confirm the names of review participants once the scoping has been agreed and before they start discussions with the wide range of stakeholders involved in the respective issues.
“However, we can confirm that experienced corporate governance experts Colin Carter and David Crawford are assisting with the governance review.”
Meanwhile, CA has also decided on the eight teams that will contest the inaugural Big Bash League in 2011/12, an expanded version of the current domestic Twenty20 competition.
Two teams will be based in Sydney and Melbourne with a team each being based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth. There will be no changes to the format of the Sheffield Shield - Australia's domestic first-class competition although the one-day competition, the Ryobi Cup, will be reduced from ten rounds to eight.
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